What is it?
Duodenal switch (also known as biliopancreatic diversion) is a surgical procedure to combat obesity that alters the gastrointestinal tract more drastically than a gastric bypass. This surgery has two purposes: physical reduction of the stomach and limitation of nutrient uptake in the small intestine. With this operation, stomach volume is reduced from three to five times its original capacity. In the small intestine, two separate routes and one common route are created. The shorter route, called the digestive loop, takes the food from the stomach to the large intestine. The longer route, called the biliopancreatic loop, takes the bile from the liver to the common route. This common route, or common channel, is an extension of the small intestine. It is usually 75 to 150 centimeters long and there digestive tract contents and the bile from the biliopancreatic loop are mixed before emptying into the large intestine.
Benefits of the procedure
- It reduces the amount of time that the body has to take nutrients in the small intestine.
- Fat absorption is selectively limited.
- Weight loss.
Cost of Procedure:
USD $10.700 - $13.100