Duodenal Switch Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

Duodenal switch is a type of weight loss surgery that’s often recommended for people who are extremely obese because it can result in greater weight loss compared to other operations. The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas are among the few surgeons in the region who perform the minimally-invasive duodenal switch surgery, and they're certified experts in the procedure. They also provide ongoing support to help you reach your weight loss goals. Call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online to see if you qualify for duodenal switch surgery.

Duodenal Switch Q & A

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery refers to several minimally-invasive surgical procedures that promote weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach and/or bypassing a portion of the small intestine. These procedures are called restrictive and malabsorptive:

  • Restrictive: reduced stomach size restricts the amount of food consumed at one time
  • Malabsorptive: bypassing the small intestine blocks absorption of calories

Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are two common types of bariatric surgery. The third type, duodenal switch, is usually recommended for people who are extremely obese. The duodenal switch may produce greater weight loss compared to other procedures.

What is duodenal switch weight loss surgery?

Duodenal switch is short for “biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.” This type of bariatric surgery combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. The restriction is achieved by removing part of the stomach. The malabsorption part of the procedure occurs as a result of bypassing three-fourths of the small intestine.

Following a duodenal switch, food leaves your stomach and goes directly into the last section of the small intestine rather than traveling the full length of the intestine. As a result, your body absorbs less food and fewer calories because time in the small intestine is limited.

It’s important to know that people who undergo duodenal switch surgery must commit to lifelong vitamin and mineral replacement and close medical monitoring. You’ll need to schedule and keep follow-up visits to be sure you don’t develop protein and nutrient deficiencies.

How is duodenal switch surgery performed?

The duodenum is the part of your small intestine right below your stomach. In a duodenal switch, the surgeon separates the small intestine from the stomach at the duodenum. Then they make an incision in the last section of the small intestine, then connect that piece to the stomach.

The bypassed part of the small intestine carries bile and pancreatic enzymes used to digest your food. This part is reattached to the last portion of the small intestine so your food can still be digested.

What are the benefits of duodenal switch surgery?

Duodenal switch surgery provides several advantages over other types of bariatric surgery. For starters, it produces more weight loss compared to other procedures, with many patients losing 60-85% of their excess body weight.  

Other benefits of the duodenal switch include that it:

  • Allows patients to eventually eat near-normal meals
  • Reduces fat absorption by 70% or more
  • Changes gut hormones to reduce appetite

Duodenal switch is the most effective surgical weight loss procedure for treating type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Compared to other surgeries, people who get duodenal switch surgery are more successful at maintaining their weight loss.

Do you think a duodenal switch is the solution for you? Call or click today to schedule your consultation at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas.