Duodenal Switch

The Duodenal Switch (DS) is a combination of restriction and malabsorption. The best way to describe the DS is that it is a Sleeve gastrectomy combined with a very long limbed bypass. This procedure can be completed in one or two stages. The DS has the best weight loss as well as weight maintenance. Patients can lose up to 90% of their excess body weight.

Because of the malabsorption, it is extremely important to keep up with proper protein and vitamin intake. Patients who choose DS will require at least 90 grams of protein per day and will need vitamin supplements including A,D,E and K on a daily basis. Patients with DS enjoy the benefits of a wider range of food choices and fewer calorie restrictions. The tradeoff is that DS patients will normally have 3 to 4 soft bowel movements per day and the possibility of foul smelling gas. DS patients have a high percent of overall satisfaction due to the higher weight loss and minimal weight regain, making these side effects tolerable.

The benefits of DS are excellent resolution in medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and many others. DS patients experience less food intolerance than with other procedures.

Potential complications include pain, nausea, vomiting, frequent bowel movements, vitamin deficiencies, staple line leak, bleeding, blood clots, malnutrition, and infection. A more complete list of complications is discussed on the consent form. Get started now, and register for a free seminar.

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At Grand Health Partners, we believe that people who succeed in making their lives healthier are happier. Our mission is to help people improve their health through a well-rounded approach to weight loss. To better fit your lifestyle and your needs, we provide both surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs. Our programs are led by a group of independent bariatric surgeons who have a passion for providing excellent patient care. Weight loss is our specialty. We will provide coaching for dietary, behavioral, and exercise habits while you are monitored by licensed bariatric physicians. Because we understand that genetic, social, cultural, and emotional factors lead to obesity, our patients are properly supported and equipped throughout their weight loss journey.

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