Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

During this procedure, Dr. Lavin reduces the stomach into a smaller, tubular pouch and then attaches a section of the small intestine to the stomach. The excised portion of the stomach is removed. By creating a small stomach pouch, the stomach has smaller capacity and will hold less food. Additionally, the food will bypass most of the small intestine where calories are normally absorbed; thereby, decreasing the amount of calories absorbed.

A Patient’s Journey Throughout the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

Our Patient’s First Step

  • Our patient’s first step is to call our office and speak with a Patient Advocate. Our Patient Advocates are advocacy experts who help patients secure financing, insurance approval and explain our cash pay options.

Pre-Procedure Clinic Visit

  • During the initial clinic visit, our patients meet with one of our nurse practitioners to determine whether any pre-operative testing is needed prior to surgery. Pre-operative tests are sometimes necessary to make sure our patients are healthy enough to undergo a procedure.
  • Following the initial clinic visit, our patients will be assigned a case manager. Our case managers answer patient questions and discuss any concerns prior to surgery.

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

  • Our patients meet with Dr. Lavin or one of our nurse practitioners in clinic approximately 7-10 days prior to their procedure (special arrangements are made for our traveling patients).
  • A Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch takes between 1-2 hours. Our patients remain in the recovery room for 1-2 hours and typically begin walking the hallways and drinking liquids around that same time. Patients are usually discharged the next morning.

Follow-Up

  • Our patients follow-up with Dr. Lavin or one of our nurse practitioners periodically to insure healthy weight loss goals are met.

 

What are the advantages of a Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch?

  • Often results in significant long-term weight loss (on average 60 to 80 percent excess weight loss)
  • Does not restrict types of food that can be eaten and allows for larger meals
  • Can resolve or improve co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol

What are the risks of a Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure; however, the health benefits as well as quality of life improvements far outweigh any risk of complications. Dr. Lavin will personally discuss the risks with each patient prior to surgery.

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