Who Is a Candidate for the Duodenal Switch?

In an ideal world, weight loss would be easy. Unfortunately, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can seem impossible for many people. In the United States alone, 42.4% — or more than one-third of adults — are obese, a condition directly linked to more than 60 chronic diseases

Now for the good news. Surgical weight-loss solutions can help you shed those excess pounds and improve your overall health. And it can get you the results you crave, even if nothing has worked in the past.

At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton brings his skills as a bariatric surgeon to his weight loss clinics in Plano and Waxahachie, Texas. If you’re extremely overweight and looking for long-term solutions, here’s how the duodenal switch procedure can help.

What sets duodenal switch apart

When it comes to bariatric surgery, you’ve probably heard of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. These techniques provide results in two very different ways. 

When you have a gastric sleeve procedure, Dr. Carlton reduces your stomach size, which helps you eat less food. During gastric bypass, Dr. Carlton reroutes your digestive tract to skip your stomach, so the food you eat goes directly into your small intestine. This reduces the amount of food you eat and changes how your body absorbs nutrients.

The duodenal switch procedure — or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) — basically combines these procedures. First, Dr. Carlton removes three-quarters of your stomach. Then, he performs a more extensive bypass procedure, rerouting your digestive tract to skip the upper portion of your small intestine. 

This more complex approach tackles weight loss in three specific ways:

As a result, you can achieve more weight loss — over 150 pounds — with a duodenal switch than with sleeve or bypass surgeries. Dr. Carlton also performs this procedure with minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, which provide faster recovery times and fewer complications.

When to consider a duodenal switch 

A duodenal switch procedure can provide dramatic results and reduce obesity and related illnesses, like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. However, it’s not right for everyone.

Dr. Carlton typically considers the following factors before recommending a duodenal switch:

Bariatric surgery also requires long-term lifestyle changes to ensure optimal results. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of this lifelong commitment before undergoing this procedure, and these changes go far beyond diet and exercise alone.

As we mentioned above, a duodenal switch surgery changes how your body absorbs nutrients. To avoid nutritional deficiencies after your procedure, you have to take vitamin, mineral, and protein supplements for the rest of your life. You also have to undergo blood testing regularly with Dr. Carlton so he can monitor your health closely. 

To learn more about the duodenal switch and our other weight-loss solutions, schedule a consultation at one of our convenient LoneStar Bariatrics locations today.

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