Duodenal Switch is Designed to Help Patients Achieve Dramatic Weight Loss

How Is Duodenal Switch Surgery Performed?

This animation provides a basic overview of a duodenal switch surgery. Through small incisions in the abdomen, Dr. St. Laurent can remove a portion of the stomach and re-route the small intestine. As a result, patients feel fuller faster and absorb fewer calories from each meal.

Duodenal Switch

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent presents a detailed overview of a laparoscopic loop duodenal switch procedure. Through an incision on the left side of the patient, Dr. St. Laurent dissects the lower portion of the stomach before dividing the duodenum to achieve duodeno-ileal anastomosis. After inserting a Jackson Pratt drain on the lower border of the stomach to remove any leftover abdominal irrigation, the abdomen is closed with sutures.

Duodenal Switch Overview

Duodenal switch surgery involves removing a large portion of the stomach to create a smaller pouch before attaching a shortened amount of intestine to it. The procedure is designed to limit a patient's food consumption, reducing the amount of calories that they absorb. When performing a duodenal switch, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent uses an advanced technique known as SIPS (stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery), which involves attaching the intestine below the valve that controls the emptying of food from the stomach to the intestine. This technique is designed to minimize the risk of complications and reduce post-surgical nutritional deficiencies.

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Duodenal Switch Cost

The cost of duodenal switch surgery varies from patient to patient, since each procedure is personalized. One significant cost factor is the choice of surgeon. Although there are other surgeons who offer lower prices, the cost of undergoing treatment with a highly skilled and respected surgeon like St. Laurent ensures you will receive the highest standards of care as well as ongoing support. We will educate you about the many factors that can influence costs during your personal consultation. If we find that your insurance plan will not cover the full cost of treatment, we can also review available financing options.

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Duodenal Switch Results

Duodenal switch combines a smaller stomach size with a shortened intestine to help patients achieve dramatic weight loss. Patients undergoing a duodenal switch can expect to lose up to 70 percent of their excess weight in the first year after the procedure, and up to 90 percent after two years. This dramatic weight loss can reduce a patient's risk of obesity-related health conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. After surgery, patients can find that many tasks that used to be difficult to perform are now easy. In order to maximize the results of treatment, you must follow our post-operative guidelines for diet and exercise as closely as possible.

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Duodenal Switch Benefits

If you have struggled to lose weight through other methods, duodenal switch surgery can help you improve your health and achieve your goals. In addition to helping you lose a significant amount of weight, the SIPS technique used by Dr. St. Laurent is especially effective for minimizing the risk of side effects associated with traditional duodenal switch surgery. By reducing your weight to a healthy level, you can avoid obesity-related health conditions and gain an overall improvement in your quality of life. Furthermore, you can also experience greatly boosted self-esteem as you enjoy life with your slimmer figure.

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Duodenal Switch Risks

Although Dr. St. Laurent takes every safety precaution and employs the SIPS technique to reduce surgical and post-operative complications, there are still risks involved with duodenal switch surgery. Since there is a risk of nutritional deficiency, it is important for patients to work closely with a nutritionist following surgery. Duodenal switch procedure is more involved than some other types of bariatric surgery, which is why it is important to select a highly qualified surgeon with an impeccable safety record like Dr. St. Laurent.

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Duodenal Switch Candidates

If you are significantly overweight and have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, duodenal switch surgery may be right for you. Good candidates are patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 50 or those with a lower BMI of 45 with an obesity-related condition. During your initial consultation, Dr. St. Laurent will perform a comprehensive exam and learn more about your medical history in order to evaluate your candidacy. He will also answer any questions you may have about how duodenal switch is performed and how it compares to other types of bariatric surgery.

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Comparing Bariatric Surgery Options

Duodenal switch surgery is one of the many types of bariatric procedures offered at Northwest Endosurgical. Each procedure has its own unique benefits and advantages, and we will help you to better understand the differences between them. Your medical history and lifestyle will also be taken into account to help us determine the procedure that is right for you. Dr. St. Laurent and our team are committed to patient education, and we will take all the time necessary to answer any questions you might have so that you can make an informed, confident decision.

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Northwest EndoSurgical

At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

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