Duodenal Switch

The Duodenal Switch is a procedure with two components. First, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach, very similar to the Gastric Sleeve surgery. Next, a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed.

The Procedure

The duodenum, or the first portion of the small intestine, is divided just past the outlet of the stomach. A segment of the distal (last portion) small intestine is then brought up and connected to the outlet of the newly created stomach, so that when the patient eats, the food goes through a newly created tubular stomach pouch and empties directly into the last segment of the small intestine. Roughly three-fourths of the small intestine is bypassed by the food stream.

The bypassed small intestine, which carries the bile and pancreatic enzymes that are necessary for the breakdown and absorption of protein and fat, is reconnected to the last portion of the small intestine so that they can eventually mix with the food stream. Similar to the other surgeries described above, the duodenum initially helps to reduce the amount of food that is consumed; however, over time this effect lessens and patients are able to eventually consume near “normal” amounts of food. Unlike the other procedures, there is a significant amount of small bowel that is bypassed by the food stream.

Additionally, the food does not mix with the bile and pancreatic enzymes until very far down the small intestine. This results in a significant decrease in the absorption of calories and nutrients (particularly protein and fat) as well as nutrients and vitamins dependent on fat for absorption (fat soluble vitamins and nutrients). Lastly, the duodenum, similar to the gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, affects guts hormones in a manner that impacts hunger and satiety as well as blood sugar control. The duodenum is considered to be the most effective surgery for the treatment of diabetes.

Life after “Duodenal Switch” Surgery

To maintain the weight loss over time after surgery, patient must follow new eating habits and the given diet instructions. The doctor designs a diet guidance and some food Recommendations to suit the patient’s case.

After surgery it is a must to modify your diet on different stages, where you start with a drinks diet then a pureed food. Then you start eating small amounts of a usual healthy foods. Therefore less volume of food is digested by the patient than he used to do before the surgery.

Description of life after “gastric bypass” surgery.

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