A biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is a type of combined bariatric surgery that uses restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. Which means, it restricts the amount of food you can consume before feeling full, and reduces the number of calories that are absorbed into your body. This encourages weight loss so you can reach your ideal healthy weight. It is one of the most commonly performed bariatric surgery procedures in the United States because of its high success rate. Please talk with your bariatric surgeon to discuss if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Step One: Restrict the Stomach
Your doctor will begin by creating either one large incision in your abdomen, or several smaller ones. The smaller incisions mean a faster recovery time. Then he will remove 80% of your stomach. The remaining portion will be formed into a narrow sleeve or pouch. The pyloric valve will remain in place, which releases food to the small intestine. You will also retain a limited portion of the small intestine that normally connects to the stomach. This helps you to feel full more quickly so you consume less food.
Step Two: Reroute the Intestine
In the second step of the bariatric surgery, your surgeon will divide a piece of your small intestine in two. The first part, the alimentary limb, will be connected to the smaller stomach pouch. The second part, the biliopancreatic limb, will separate the digestive juices that are produced by the pancreas and gallbladder. These two sections will eventually meet up again through a common channel. This helps the food you consume bypass a large part of the small intestine so you absorb fewer calories.
After this type of bariatric surgery, most patients will lose up to 70% of their body weight within two years. After the procedure, there are no restrictions on the types of foods you can eat and you should be able to return to normal-sized portions after the desired weight loss is achieved.
A lot of the success for biliopancreatic diversion comes from your commitment to healthy lifestyle changes after the procedure. You will be encouraged to eat healthier meals and get some kind of exercise regularly to maintain your new, healthy weight.
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