During a duodenal switch, the stomach is cut vertically to produce a narrow column leading to the duodenum. This creates a smaller stomach in order to reduce foot intake and gastric acid production.
Also Known As:
- Malabsorption surgery
- Weight loss surgery
- Stomach shrinking
- Obesity surgery
Conditions Treated with a Duodenal Switch:
A duodenal switch is performed in cases of morbid obesity and conditions related to obesity, such as sleep apnea, bladder incontinence, heartburn, arthritis, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol and hypertension.
Losing weight through diet and exercise is a non-surgical alternative to a duodenal switch. Adjustable gastric banding, biliopancreatic diversion and gastric bypass are surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with a Duodenal Switch:
A duodenal switch is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Duodenal Switch:
Possible risks following a duodenal switch include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience an incisional hernia and for other digestive organs to be injured.
Prognosis after a Duodenal Switch:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a duodenal switch is good when performed at centers that specialize in the operation.
Recovery from a Duodenal Switch:
Recovery from a duodenal switch takes three to four weeks, or longer.