Every day more people choose surgery as treatment for morbid obesity. Among the techniques that reduce calorie intake, you can find the duodenal Switch; a variant of Bariatric Surgery indicated, too, for the treatment of Dyslipidemia and diabetes.
The surgery has been and is an alternative for the treatment of obesity, especially when diet and exercise have not been able to solve the problem in its entirety. However, there are different types of surgery that will suit the needs of the patient.
You’ve probably read about the gastric balloon, gastric bypass or Bariatric Surgery, as well within this last group you can find a different technique that produces the pancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, known as duodenal Switch.
What is the duodenal Switch?
Duodenal Switch is a technique of Bariatric Surgery that cuts horizontally into the stomach on top. Preserved the pylorus, which is important because the digested food passes into the intestine in a slow and controlled manner. This is, perhaps, the most complex technical variants of Bariatric Surgery, but with high percentage of success.
Who can be the biliopancreatic diversion
Patients who have one BMI of greater than 50.Patients with one BMI greater than 30 with metabolic complications, such as cholesterol, hyperglycemia, diabetes or other type of pathologies.
How is this technical Bariatric
This surgery is done through laparoscopy and consists of different stages, some with some complexity. It also tends to have a greater than gastric bypass hospitalization time.
What are the reimbursement of the duodenal button?
A loss of up to 70% of excess weight in the long term can be achieved. There are even patients who respond very well to treatment and can lose weight up to 90% of excess weight.
It improves the metabolic complications, such as Dyslipidemia and diabetes in up to a 95%.Up to an 80% of the patients manage to eat normally, since the capacity of the stomach is not so small as in other types of surgeries.
Patients who undergo this technique better tolerate foods, avoiding complications such as diarrhea or vomiting.This surgery maintains the absorption of certain nutrients, which can be decreased in other types of surgeries.
May this surgery result in complications
Complications may result in 24% of cases, although they are easy to control.Keep in mind that the decision to perform or not having surgery with these characteristics must be agreed upon between the health care team and the patient.