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Duodenal Switch Surgery in Houston, TX

Duodenal switch surgery results in a more significant weight loss than any other bariatric procedure, making it the most effective form of weight loss surgery to date. Located in Cypress, board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent is one of the most sought-after bariatric surgeons across The Woodlands and Houston-area, helping men and women quickly shed excess pounds and keep it off through this revolutionary surgical procedure. 

What is Duodenal Switch Surgery?

If your weight has gotten out of control and you want to take charge of your health, Dr. St. Laurent can help you develop an effective weight loss plan. The duodenal switch procedure is both restrictive and malabsorptive in nature. The restrictive component of the procedure is responsible for the majority of the early weight loss, and the malabsorptive component will help you maintain your weight loss for the long-term.

The duodenal switch procedure, also known as Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS), is often referred to as a metabolic weight loss surgery because it not only results in weight loss, but it actually works to regulate metabolism, hunger, and many of the medical problems that cause weight gain. The BPD/DS procedure is the second stage of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery, and morbidly obese people who’ve lost an insufficient amount of weight from previous gastric sleeve or band surgeries can benefit from this procedure. For patients with an extremely high BMI (50 or more), it’s best to perform the procedure in two stages. These patients should aim to lose 60 to 80 lbs. from the gastric sleeve component of the procedure before undergoing the small bowel portion of the surgery.

Similar to gastric bypass, the duodenal switch procedure involves restriction and malabsorption of what the patient eats. The procedure rearranges the small intestine to bypass its first two portions, the duodenum and the jejunum, which results in a significant reduction in the number of nutrients, mainly fat, that the body absorbs. This powerful combination of restriction and malabsorption not only leads to a significant reduction in weight, but it is also what gives the duodenal switch surgery a 98% cure rate for Type II Diabetes, the highest of any bariatric surgery.

The duodenal switch procedure can be performed as either an open or laparoscopic surgery. During the Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch procedure, also known as Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), the surgery is performed via five small incisions in the abdomen. During the open form of the surgery, or Open Duodenal Switch, the procedure is completed via a long incision made across the abdomen. The laparoscopic form of the surgery is the latest and most popular surgical technique because it allows the body to heal faster and involves less trauma and fewer complications.

The Duodenal Switch Surgery Procedure

During duodenal switch surgery, Dr. St. Laurent will perform a partial gastrectomy to divide the stomach along its greatest curvature and reduce the volume of food that the stomach cavity can hold. The new stomach pouch will have the functionality of a normal stomach; it’ll only be smaller in size. However, unlike gastric bypass, the pyloric valve and duodenum will remain and continue to function as normal. The preservation of the stomach’s functional anatomy allows food to still be broken down and passed through the intestines for nutrient absorption, just like the normal digestive process.

Dr. St. Laurent will also reconfigure the small intestine during the procedure to allow bile and pancreatic juices to flow separately from digested food and meet closer toward the middle or end of the digestive track. This reconfiguration only allows a small section of the intestines to digest food before it moves into the colon, thus restricting the number of calories and fat that the body absorbs during the digestive process.

Advantages of Duodenal Switch Surgery

The Duodenal Switch procedure is not only more effective, but it also affords the patient many advantages in comparison to other bariatric procedures. Some of the advantages include:

  • Patients can consume larger portions of food before feeling full, and patients can eat the same foods they ate prior to surgery (e.g., a small steak, chicken salad, pasta).
  • Patients can digest their food as normal because the pyloric valve and duodenum remain functional.
  • The functionality of the stomach is not impaired in any way.
  • The risk of developing ulcers, blockages, or dumping syndrome is greatly reduced because the pyloric valve remains intact.
  • Obese patients can reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases, and relieve any existing obesity-related health problems.
  • Patients can feel healthier and more satisfied with their bodies.
  • Patients can expect their energy and stamina to gradually increase as they lose weight.

As with any major surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the duodenal switch surgery. Dr. St. Laurent will thoroughly examine your medical history and current condition during a one-to-one consultation to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for this bariatric procedure. We believe in honesty and integrity, and we always provide our patients with detailed and unbiased information on all of our surgical and non-surgical weight loss treatments. We care about the health and safety of our patients, and we want them to make confident and informed decisions regarding their treatment.

Contact Our Houston-Area Practice about Duodenal Switch Surgery

Contact Dr. St. Laurent in today for more information about bariatric surgery and any other weight loss treatments available at our Cypress practice. We only perform procedures that have been proven safe and effective because we’re committed to helping our patients achieve their weight loss goals. We believe that a healthy body and a happy, confident life are within everyone’s reach, and by offering procedures such as the duodenal switch surgery, we strive to empower our The Woodlands and Houston-area patients and help them take charge of their health for once and for all.