, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 54-58
Date: 01 Feb 2001

Duodenal Switch: An Effective Therapy for Morbid Obesity - Intermediate Results

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Background: The duodenal switch (DS) is a variant of the biliopancreatic diversion (BPD), with a vertical subtotal gastrectomy and pylorus preservation. Methods: DS was used to treat morbid obesity in 125 patients, with mean BMI 50, with 65% of the patients super obese (SO). Patients have been followed for an intermediate period. Results: The percentage of excess weight loss (%EWL) was > 70% at 1 year, and reached 81.4% at 5 years when 97% of the patients had a %EWL > 50%. Comorbidities were cured or improved in all patients. Conclusion: DS was very effective for the treatment of the morbid obesity in the SO patients.