Duodenal Switch Specialist

Rajan Chahal, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Newton, MA

For men and women who are severely obese, a more complex bariatric surgery known as a duodenal switch can offer the best chance of long-term success. Rajan Chahal, MD, has the skill and experience needed to achieve optimal outcomes for those in and around Newton, Massachusetts, who entrust him with their care. To learn more, call the office for information on the next new patient seminar, and prepare a list of questions and concerns. After a pre-screening discussion, you’ll be scheduled for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chahal.

Duodenal Switch Q & A

How is duodenal switch different from gastric bypass?

Both procedures limit the size of your stomach and bypass a portion of your small intestine. In the case of a duodenal switch, a greater portion of your small intestine is surgically excluded from your digestive process.  Also, the pyloric valve of your stomach is left in place helping regulate the passage of food from your stomach to your intestine.

This approach significantly limits the amount of nutrients absorbed during digestion. That means you’ll need to supplement those nutrients for the remainder of your life, through a combination of vitamin injections, oral supplements, and positive dietary choices.

Duodenal switch surgery is a procedure best suited for men and women who are severely obese or with very brittle diabetes. Given the benefits associated with significant weight loss, this procedure is well worth the careful supplementation and ongoing health monitoring required afterward.

Am I a good candidate for duodenal switch surgery?

This approach is usually reserved for men and women who have an average body mass index greater than 50, and who have serious medical issues related to their weight. It’s widely considered the most drastic and technically difficult type of bariatric surgery, but it offers a chance for drastic health improvements to those who need it most.

The decision to pursue duodenal switch surgery depends on many factors. Dr. Chahal discusses the options best suited to your needs and educates you on the pros and cons of each approach. You’ll have all the information needed to make an informed decision.

What can I eat after duodenal switch surgery?

Dr. Chahal discusses your post-op diet in great detail before your procedure. That gives you time to prepare your kitchen and your family.

Immediately after your surgery, you’ll go on a liquid diet. You’ll also need to adhere to a supplement schedule to ensure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients. After a period of time, you’ll transition to a diet of pureed foods, then move on to soft foods and, finally, firmer foods.

It’s important to give your body time to adjust to the new digestive structure. Don’t be tempted to rush through these dietary phases, as burdening your system in the weeks after surgery can cause serious complications and slow your progress.

To learn more about which bariatric procedure is best suited for your needs, attend a new patient seminar. Call the office today for more information.