How Can a Duodenal Switch Help You?

How Can a Duodenal Switch Help You?

No one wants to undergo surgery. However, it can provide the results you need when you have a significant amount of weight to lose, especially when you haven’t had success shedding excess pounds in the past.

Dr. Chad Carlton and our team offer life-changing weight-loss solutions at LoneStar Bariatrics, including biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) — more commonly known as duodenal switch

If you’ve struggled to lose weight, here’s how a duodenal switch can help.

How a duodenal switch works

You may have heard of other bariatric surgeries, like gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. A duodenal switch combines these two techniques.

When you have duodenal switch surgery, Dr. Carlton starts by removing up to 80% of your stomach, leaving a portion approximately the size and shape of a banana behind. This area remains connected at the very top of your small intestine, known as the duodenum. This portion of your procedure is a gastric sleeve.

Next, Dr. Carlton performs a gastric bypass and reroutes the small intestine. This involves sealing off the middle portion of your small intestine and attaching the duodenum to the lowest portion, known as the ileum. So, the food and nutrition you consume no longer passes through your entire small intestine.

Both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery provide significant results with weight loss. However, combining the two can offer dramatic results, helping people lose an average of 70-80% of excess body weight within two years.

The benefits of duodenal switch

What sets the duodenal switch apart is how it helps you lose weight. 

First, it reduces the food you can eat, so you feel fuller faster and consume fewer calories. But, because it reroutes the natural path of digestion, it also reduces the amount of nutrition and calories your system can absorb. Finally, the duodenal switch changes how bile and digestive fluids break down the food you eat, which also limits the calories you absorb, leading to even more weight loss. 

As a result, one of the most obvious benefits of this procedure involves the ability to help extremely overweight individuals lose large amounts of weight. But it doesn’t stop there.

Helping you lose a significant amount of weight also reduces your risk of serious weight-related health problems, such as:

Plus, the duodenal switch provides long-term results. In fact, studies show that patients who lose 70% of their excess body weight maintain their results beyond 10 years. 

Dr. Carlton also performs duodenal switch procedures using minimally invasive techniques, which can help you reach your weight-loss goals safer, faster, and more comfortably. 

When to consider a duodenal switch

While duodenal switch offers life-changing results, it’s not right for everyone. Factors that can make it a good option include having a:

It’s also important to understand that going through bariatric surgery involves making long-term lifestyle changes, especially when you get a duodenal switch. These adjustments involve monitoring your nutrition, adhering to dietary restrictions, and exercising regularly. You also have to have regular follow-up appointments so our team can monitor your progress.

Whether you need help losing a little or a lot of weight, we can help with non-surgical and surgical solutions. Find the best life-changing solution for you by scheduling an appointment at our clinic in Plano or Waxahachie, Texas. 

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