Duodenal switch is the newest option for weight loss surgery at Middlesex Health. It can help patients achieve significant weight loss and has been shown to improve and even reverse weight-related conditions, such as diabetes.
The duodenal switch procedure combines some elements of gastric sleeve procedures with intestinal bypass. It can be performed as either a one- or two-part minimally-invasive procedure.
The first part of this surgery is the creation of a gastric sleeve.
For many, the first surgery–the creation of the gastric sleeve–may be all that is required to lose significant weight.
If you have poorly-controlled diabetes, or a BMI greater than 50, a second surgery may be needed. It can be performed at the time of the initial surgery or years later if the gastric sleeve alone does not help you achieve your weight loss goals.
This second surgery is called an intestinal bypass duodenal switch. Your surgeon will create a bypass to redirect food to the lower part of your small intestine. This limits the amount of calories and nutrients you absorb from food (malabsorption) and helps you lose weight.