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Recovery from Duodenal Switch Bariatric Surgery

RecoveryOne of the most effective bariatric surgery procedures at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, particularly for patients who have a body mass index greater than 50, is the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch treatment. This option has helped many patients lose up to 85% of excess weight, leading to a much healthier lifestyle. During a duodenal switch procedure, Dr. Stephen Boyce or Dr. K. Robert Williams will create a smaller stomach pouch so that patients feel full after smaller meals. The small intestine is also rerouted to allow for large levels of malabsorption – the limiting of calories and fat that the body is able to absorb.

A duodenal switch procedure is a more invasive operation than other weight loss surgery treatment options, and often requires a two to three day stay at the hospital; however, this procedure is typically performed laparoscopically in order to reduce recovery time. The extra time in the hospital is primarily to make sure the new digestive system is working the way it is supposed to work after surgery. Most patients are able to return to some normal daily routines about two or three weeks following duodenal switch surgery, and unrestricted activities can often begin after one month.

It is very important to understand that duodenal switch surgery, and indeed any type of bariatric surgery, is intended to serve as a tool to help you lose significant amounts of weight. A strict dietary and nutritional supplement regimen, as well as other lifestyle changes, will need to be adhered to after surgery to ensure you are obtaining a safe and effective weight loss. Our practice offers a comprehensive bariatric surgery support program specifically designed to assist you throughout all aspects of the treatment and recovery process. Together, we can help you lose weight, reduce risks to your health, and begin a safe and successful weight loss journey!

To learn more about our options, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced weight loss surgeons, please contact us today.

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