How Long Do You Lose Weight After Duodenal Switch Surgery? By Edmund B. Chen on February 25, 2023

illustration that shows how duodenal switch surgery worksDuodenal switch and SADI-S surgery are weight loss procedures that involve reducing the size of the stomach and rerouting the small intestine to decrease the amount of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed from food. At Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in PlanoTX, we can determine if you are a good candidate for these procedures, and discuss how long it takes to lose weight after duodenal switch surgery.

Most Weight Loss Occurs in the First Year

The amount of weight a person can lose after duodenal switch surgery can vary depending on several factors, such as their starting weight, age, gender, and lifestyle habits. Generally, patients can expect to lose a significant amount of weight in the first six to 12 months following the procedure, with most of the weight loss occurring in the first three to six months.

Studies have shown that patients can expect to lose an average of 60 to 70 percent of their excess weight within the first year after surgery, and may continue to lose weight for up to 18 to 24 months after the procedure. However, weight loss can vary widely between individuals, and some patients may experience slower weight loss or even weight regain over time.

What Is Excess Weight?

Excess weight after bariatric surgery refers to the amount of weight a person has above their ideal body weight, which is typically determined based on their height, age, and gender. Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a type of procedure that is used to help people who are severely overweight or obese lose weight.

For example, if a person has a starting weight of 300 pounds and their ideal body weight is 150 pounds, their excess weight would be 150 pounds. If they lose 60 to 70% of their excess weight after surgery, they would lose 90 to 105 pounds, which would result in a new weight range of 195 to 210 pounds. If patients are fully committed to losing weight, they can go beyond these numbers.

What Are the Other Benefits of Weight Loss?

It's important to note that excess weight is just one measure of a person's health, and that bariatric surgery can have many other health benefits beyond weight loss, such as improving blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart disease, and improving quality of life.

How Can I Maintain Weight Loss and My New Weight?

It's important to note that duodenal switch surgery is a tool to help with weight loss, but it's not a cure-all solution. Patients will still need to make long-term lifestyle changes, including healthy eating habits and regular exercise, to maintain their weight loss over time.

Contact Our Practice

To find out if duodenal switch surgery or another weight loss surgery option is right for you, contact Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery. You can call us at (214) 501-1333 or send us a message online.

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Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery. They are affiliated with a number of national associations, including the:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)

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