Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch

Consider the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch—the most effective weight-loss procedure for treating Type 2 diabetes. This laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery at Rex Bariatric Specialists helps people like you lose the most weight of all bariatric surgeries—an average of 70–80 percent of excess weight within five years.

You’ll be in good hands with our weight-loss surgeons. We’ve performed duodenal switch longer than any other provider in Wake County, and we complete more duodenal switch procedures annually than most bariatric surgery centers in the country.

How Duodenal Switch Surgery Works

To perform duodenal switch surgery, a doctor makes several small incisions in your abdomen. The surgeon then inserts small tools to remove about 80 percent of your stomach, just as in sleeve gastrectomy, to make you feel full after eating less food.

Next, the surgeon connects the stomach directly to the last part of the small intestine, bypassing the intestine’s first part (duodenum). This step decreases the amount of calories, protein and fat your body absorbs. Duodenal switch also affects your gut hormones in a way that can make you feel hungry less often.

Ask your surgeon about a modified procedure called single-anastomosis duodenal switch. This approach which lets your body absorb more nutrients than standard duodenal switch treatment.

Because any duodenal switch procedure uses only small incisions, you’ll notice minimal scarring.

What to Expect After Surgery

Take bariatric vitamins and make other required lifestyle changes after surgery to help your body stay healthy. Make meal planning easier with our bariatric recipes.

You may face a higher risk of complications from duodenal switch surgery than from some other weight-loss operations. But you can entrust your safety to the fellowship-trained surgeons at Rex Bariatric Specialists. They’ve completed hundreds of successful bariatric surgery procedures with very low complication rates.

Support for Your Journey

Find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery—treatment that can improve many health problems linked to obesity. Then, discover how you benefit from Rex Bariatric Specialists’ thorough preparation for surgery and support during recovery.