Gastric Sleeve vs. Duodenal Switch Surgery: Which Is Ideal for Me?

December 28, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Duodenal Switch

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS)Patients can put their trust in Dr. Fernando Garcia, who is a leading bariatric surgeon based in Tijuana. He routinely achieves high-quality results, attracting many patients from across the border looking for safe solutions for losing weight and improving health in the future.

We've spent the last few posts comparing gastric sleeve surgery to other bariatric procedures. Let's continue to close out the year by seeing how gastric sleeve stacks up against the duodenal switch procedure.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a type of surgical weight loss procedure in which the size of the stomach is reduced. The size of the stomach is dramatically shrunk, which means that patients become fuller sooner and eat fewer calories overall in the process.

What Is Duodenal Switch Surgery?

Also known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS), the duodental switch surgery reduces the size of the stomach by up to 70 percent. In addition, the surgery reroutes part of the small intestine to create two pathways from the stomach: one brings food from the stomach to a common channel of the small intestine, while the other helps carry bile from the liver to the common channel. This helps prevent the body from absorbing calories from food as part of the digestive process.

Different Mechanisms for Weight Loss at Work

You may notice that there are different mechanisms at work in these two surgeries. Broadly, there are two kinds of bariatric procedures: restrictive and malabsorptive.

Restrictive weight loss surgery limits the amount of calories a person can consume and reduces sensations of hunger. Malabsorptive weight loss surgery limits the amount of calories that the body takes in during the digestion process.

Gastric sleeve surgery is clearly a restrictive weight loss procedures, while the duodenal switch is a combined restrictive and malabsorptive surgery.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Over Duodenal Switch

The gastric sleeve procedure is far less complicated since the surgery only requires a change in the overall size of the stomach, and not the re-routing of the small intestine. This simplicity with effectiveness is the reason so many people consider the gastric sleeve procedure in many cases. The surgery helps with weight loss while also being low-risk with regard to complications.

Advantages of Duodenal Switch Over Gastric Sleeve

While the duodental switch is more complicated than the gastric sleeve and may involve increased risks, the surgery is successful at helping patients shed more of their excess weight and body mass. This is thanks to that combination of restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss. Many type 2 diabetics experience a cure for their condition thanks to this procedure.

Duodenal Switch Can Be Used to Correct a Gastric Sleeve

It should be noted that if a gastric sleeve patient does not achieve a good level of weight loss, the gastric sleeve can be transformed into a duodeonal switch in order to help the patient shed more of his or her unwanted body mass.

As all patients are different, we will discuss options for surgical weight loss in greater detail during the consultation process.

Contact Tijuana Bariatrics

For more information about your many bariatric surgery options and how they can help you achieve a slimmer and trimmer frame, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and the team at the practice look forward to meeting you in person and discussing your treatment options in greater detail.