The first part of your small intestine is called the duodenum. Duodenal switch weight loss surgery shortens the path food follows through the small intestine. This reduces the time your body has to absorb calories from the food you eat and helps you lose weight.
Duodenal switch surgery at Banner Health may be done using open surgery or minimally invasive techniques. Before surgery, your surgeon must check the condition of your gastric sleeve as the surgery can only be done if your stomach sleeve and your stomach opening to the duodenum (called the pylorus) are healthy.
This surgery involves three steps:
When the surgery is complete, food from the stomach will now move through about 10 feet of small intestine instead of 20 feet which will cut your calorie and nutrient absorption in half.
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of having duodenal switch surgery, as well as the risks.
Duodenal switch surgery has several advantages to help you lose weight and stay healthy, including:
If duodenal switch surgery is right for you, you can maintain good health as long as you:
Even if duodenal switch is right for you, the surgery comes with several disadvantages and limitations you should consider. You will have to eat differently for the rest of your life. Consider:
Additionally, smokers are not candidates for duodenal switch surgery. Smoking would put you at high risk for infection, blood clots, slow healing and other life-threatening complications.
Discuss other potential risks to duodenal switch with your doctor, including:
After your Duodenal switch surgery at Banner Health, you can continue to lose or maintain your weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. You’ll also follow-up with your doctor at Banner Health Weight Loss Centers for guidance and can attend our free support groups both before and after your surgery.