Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) is very similar to gastric bypass. Instead of a small stomach pouch, the surgeon creates a gastric sleeve or a sleeve-shaped stomach. The surgeon then attaches the final section of the small intestine to the stomach sleeve. The small intestine absorbs calories and nutrients. So, bypassing all but the last section of the small intestine ensures that far fewer calories are absorbed.
BPD/DS patients typically lost 70.1 percent of their excess weight.
Studies found that BPD/DS:
One meta-analysis stated that for bariatric surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:
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Ralph: Duodenal Switch
"I dropped 120 plus pounds. The things I can do now that I couldn't do before include reaching over and not having 10-12 inches of stomach spilling over."
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