Duodenal switch

DS drawnWhat is it?

This is a less common form of weight loss surgery but is well established.  It tends to be used for patients with extreme weight issues or difficult diabetes.

What does the surgery involve?

The stomach is formed into a sleeve gastrectomy.  The bowel is divided immediately below the stomach and the bowel is divided quite far down its length and the lower end rejoined up to the outlet to the sleeve.  The bowel is rejoined lower down.  The result is that less bowel can absorb food and it the digestive juiced don’t join the food until lower down.

How well will I do?

This results in a lot of appetite suppression and there is malabsorption of nutrients in the food.  This is one of the most successful operations to help lose weight but has a higher chance of side-effects caused by poor absorption of vitamins and minerals.

What is my recovery like?

Patients would be expected to remain in hospital for 1 or 2 nights.  There will be structured dietary advice and a liquid diet for the first weeks.  Most patients will usually return to desk jobs in about 4 weeks and more active work at 6 to 8 weeks.  Often patients take 2 or 3 weeks until they feel able to drive again, as guided by DVLC advice.  The first band fills are in 4 weeks after surgery

Packages and prices

The Private Surgeon does not currently offer this procedure

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