Duodenal Switch Surgery Can Help You Successfully Lose Weight
By Fernando Garcia on September 23, 2016
Most people have at least a few pounds they’d like to shed to improve their appearance. However, for a great deal of people, weight loss is about much more than just enhancing the figure. When the body holds onto a significant amount of excess weight, a person’s overall health is likely to suffer. Individuals who are classified as obese are encouraged to shed weight to improve their overall well being and decrease their risk of health problems. Unfortunately, it is not easy to lose a large amount of weight. Duodenal switch surgery is a bariatric procedure that helps patients lose weight quickly, and maintain that weight loss for the long-term. Duodenal switch surgery success rates are high among our Tijuana, BC patients, with most effectively achieving their weight loss goals, and then maintaining those goals for years to come.
What Is Duodenal Switch Surgery?
Duodenal switch surgery is not as well known as other bariatric surgery procedures. This complex procedure requires a great deal of skill, so many surgeons do not offer this technique. However, Dr. Fernando Garcia recognizes the benefits that duodenal switch surgery provides to patients, so he is happy to offer it at his practice. Dr. Garcia is highly experienced in this technique and has helped countless patients lose weight through bariatric treatment.
Duodenal switch surgery alters the size of the stomach and rearranges the flow of the small intestines. This procedure differs from other gastric bypass techniques in that it is both restrictive and malabsorptive. This means that the procedure restricts the amount of food that can be taken in by the stomach, as well as limiting the amount of calories that are absorbed by the body. Because this procedure achieves both of these goals, it is one of the most effective bariatric procedures available.
How Successful Is Duodenal Switch Surgery?
Duodenal switch surgery is one of the most successful bariatric procedures in regards to weight loss and long-term results. To be considered a successful weight loss procedure, patients must exhibit a loss of at least 50 percent of excess weight. On average, duodenal switch patients report a loss of 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight. Patients are not only able to drop this weight quickly, but they manage to keep it off in the years following their procedure. In addition to proving effective as a long-term weight loss procedure, duodenal switch surgery has been shown to successfully treat obesity-related illnesses, including the following:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
As patients lose weight following duodenal switch surgery, most report that they feel better, have more energy, and are more confident in their own bodies. It is this patient satisfaction that is a true measure of the success of duodenal switch surgery.
At our bariatric surgical center, patients find the help they need to lose weight and begin the journey to a healthier lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about the bariatric procedures offered by Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. Frank Vazquez, contact us at your earliest convenience.