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Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch procedure, also known as malabsorptive weight loss, changes the normal process of digestion by making the stomach smaller and allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine, so that you absorb fewer calories.

In a Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, a smaller portion of the stomach is removed, but the remaining stomach remains attached to the duodenum (the upper part of the small intestine). The duodenum is connected to the lower part of the small intestine. This procedure is typically performed with a minimally-invasive laparoscopic approach — using small instruments and a camera to guide the surgery — but can also be performed using robotics. Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch is the most effective procedure, as the total excess body weight loss is as high as 80 percent, with only a five to eight percent chance of regaining weight. The procedure also boasts a 99.7 percent reduction of non-insulin diabetes.