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Duodenal Switch Surgery

Trying to lose excess weight through diet and exercise alone can lead to disappointment and seriously decrease your self-confidence.

Our Tijuana, Mexico, practice offers duodenal switch surgery to help you eat less, absorb fewer calories, and achieve dramatic results

Why should you choose a duodenal switch surgery? 

Losing weight can often be a frustrating experience. Even with dedicated dieting and exercise, you may not reach your ideal weight loss goals, leading to compromised health and self confidence. The Tijuana Bariatric Center offers duodenal switch surgery at a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital to help patients lose weight quickly and keep it off. Reach out today to learn how Dr. Fernando Garcia can help you lose weight in a safe and affordable way.

Understanding Duodenal Switch Surgery

Duodenal switch surgery is a bariatric procedure that uses both restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to aid weight loss. To restrict weight gain, your doctor will first remove most of the stomach, reshaping the remainder into a sleeve about the size and shape of a banana. The reduction in stomach capacity allows patients to satisfy their hunger more quickly and with less food, encouraging substantial weight loss. Additionally, because only part of the stomach is removed, far fewer complications arise than with other procedures.

Duodenal switch surgery

To boost weight loss even further, malabsorptive techniques are implemented to limit the number of calories patients absorb from the food they eat.

While much of the stomach is removed, the reshaping does not compromise functionality. Consequently, there is a much smaller chance of developing digestive issues such as dumping syndrome, ulcers, or blockages.

During duodenal switch surgery, the surgeon will rearrange the layout of the small intestine to separate the flow of food from the flow of digestive juices. This particularly restricts the fat-based calories your body absorbs during digestion. In the months after surgery, many patients report losing as much as 50 percent of excess weight.

Advantages of the Procedure

Patients can appreciate a wide range of benefits from duodenal switch surgery, including:

  • Dramatic weight loss: Within three years of the procedure, patients' previous weight may be cut in half.
  • Normal food portions: Patients can eat normal portions of healthy food without difficulty, meaning they will not need to forego their favorite treats.
  • Decreased risk of complication: While much of the stomach is removed, the reshaping does not compromise functionality. Consequently, there is a much smaller chance of developing digestive issues such as dumping syndrome, ulcers, or blockages.
  • Relief from weight-related health issues: By helping patients drop such a significant amount of weight, duodenal switch surgery can alleviate weight-related health issues.
  • Improved confidence: Substantial weight loss often leads to increased energy, which can make performing daily tasks easier. Consequently the improvement in the quality of life can assist patients in feeling more at ease in their own skin and boost their self-esteem.

However, patients should be aware that there are drawbacks to the surgery. Because stomach size is reduced, certain foods can cause excessive gas that cannot always be controlled. Additionally, patients will need to augment their diet substantially with nutrients, vitamins, and supplements to prevent poor nutrition. However, with attentive dieting and realistic expectations, you can manage these potential disadvantages. 

Determining Candidacy

While this surgery offers many advantages, it is not appropriate for everyone. Although there may be exceptions, Dr. Garcia typically recommends bariatric procedures for patients at or above 40 BMI (body mass index) or those who suffer from weight-related health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Hypertension
  • Lower back or joint pain

It is important to discuss all possible methods for weight loss with your surgeon before deciding on bariatric surgery.

Contact the Office Today

The Tijuana Bariatric Center strives to provide excellent care at affordable prices so that every patient can feel healthy, happy, and confident. Contact the office to set up an appointment and begin to take control of your weight once and for all.

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