Frequently Asked Questions
1. When should a Duodenal Switch be used?
Duodenal switch surgery is usually advisable for people who are significantly obese, having a Body mass index (BMI) of 50 or above, or a BMI of 40 or above as well as serious type 2 diabetes and other serious health issues.
2. Which is better: Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch?
Both Gastric Bypass and Duodenal switch procedures have their own advantages and disadvantages.
As per a recent study, a duodenal switch results in much better weight loss and improvements in blood lipids and glucose 5 years following surgery. It is also advisable for patients who are super-obese, i.e having a BMI of more than 50. However, these patients had greater long-term surgical and nutritional difficulties, as well as more severe gastrointestinal symptoms, than those who underwent gastric bypass.
Gastric Bypass on the other hand is advisable for patients who have a BMI of around 40 or 35+ with comorbid conditions, which leads to relatively lesser weight loss and also has lesser complications.
3. Do you get dumping syndrome with Duodenal Switch?
Dumping syndrome, as known as "rapid gastric emptying" happens when food, particularly sugar, passes through your stomach into your small intestines too rapidly. Nausea, diarrhea, bloating, uneasiness, anxiety, and frailty are some of the symptoms.
Yes, dumping syndrome is likely after a Duodenal Switch procedure.
4. How fast do you lose weight with Duodenal Switch?
Weight loss after the Duodenal switch is quite rapid. In just three months, patients often drop 30% of their excess weight, and in just one year, they are down by 80%. While other bariatric operations can result in weight gain, individuals who have undergone Duodenal switch are the least likely to gain weight after surgery.
5. Who qualifies for the duodenal switch?
You are a good candidate for Duodenal switch surgery if you are morbidly or superobese (have a BMI greater than 50) or have a BMI of around 35+ with comorbid conditions. It is important that you are healthy enough to tolerate surgery. Those who have comorbid conditions, like uncontrolled diabetes with obesity, are especially good candidates.
6. What are the benefits of Duodenal switch?
Weight loss is much faster and higher with the duodenal switch than with other weight loss surgery procedures, with a lower risk of regaining weight. The procedure is also more potent and efficacious at controlling Type II Diabetes Mellitus and other obesity related disorders.