Duodenal Switch Surgery

Benefits, Cost, and Safety

Advantages of getting Duodenal Switch Surgery in Mexico

Duodenal Switch Surgery provides the greatest and most durable weight loss, patients lose 70% to 80% of excess weight within two years. However, the amount of weight loss depends on patients lifestyle changes and proper follow up.


The Duodenal Switch known as the DS, is an excellent operation for the well selected patients, that carries an overall low complication rate.

Here are benefits of Duodenal Switch:

  • Statistically greatest weight loss surgery
  • Highest resolution of diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia
  • Effective choice for patients with a diet high in fat foods
  • No dumping syndrome due to the preservation of the stomach’s “pyloric valve”
  • Dramatic reduction in hunger and appetite due to the removal of the portion of the stomach which produces ghrelin (the hunger hormone)

Certain patients with severe metabolic syndrome will benefit greatly from this operation. Duodenal Switch Surgery is better at achieving overall weight loss on patients with BMI > than 50. Also helps those patients get to a “normal BMI”.

The average weight loss reported by surgeons and various studies in patients that undergo Duodenal Switch surgery is between 70% and 80% of the excess weight of that patient. This is true of patients that have long term follow up and that have made significant changes to their lifestyles.

Duodenal Switch Procedure

The Duodenal Switch procedure promotes weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten (via vertical gastrectomy or reduction of the stomach volume) and restricting the number of calories absorbed by the body. Because the duodenal switch is a more metabolically active surgery, the procedure results in the greatest weight loss and helps resolve many physical issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This procedure was primarily developed for those individuals who primarily consume fatty foods because of the operation’s selective fat malabsorption.
Surgery takes approximately one and a half hours. This will vary based on your past surgical history and anatomy. You will need to stay in the hospital for 2 or 3 days.

Duodenal Switch is a successful procedure when done with an experienced surgeon. It is a longer and more technically demanding surgery than a gastric band or gastric bypass. Because this procedure is both malabsorptive and restrictive.

Who is candidate

Ideal candidates for the surgery typically have a BMI of 50 or higher, with or without weight-related medical issues. In some cases, a patient with a lower BMI and weight-related medical conditions may be a candidate.


Recovery time will depend on the overall health of the patient, the complications that may occur as well as the directions given from the surgeon to the patient after their surgery. Under normal circumstances full recovery takes is between 4 and 6 weeks. A Patient will be able to work 1 – 3 weeks after surgery

The duodenal switch (along with the sleeve and the gastric bypass) causes fairly rapid weight loss during the first six months following surgery. You will not likely experience dumping syndrome with the switch operation. You will need to take additional regular daily vitamins (even more than other surgery patients) for the rest of your life. If you stop taking any prescribed vitamins, you will be more likely to develop a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Recommended Diet

Life after Duodenal Switch involves proper nutrition, adequate protein intake, and vitamin and mineral supplements.
We will give you a personalized diet and explain what types of food and how much you can eat at each meal.

Mexicali, Mexico is a great destination for Duodenal Switch Surgery

Mexicali has adopted medical care as its primary tourist lure. More than 150,000 patients came to Mexicali Hospital. Worldwide health facilities, you will receive outstanding professional attention and State of the art Technology.

Dr. Arellano is located in Mexicali, he is – if not the best – one of the top 3 bariatric surgeons in the Mexico Proximity. You can fly to San Diego, CA. we will pick you up at the Airport and take care of all transportation.

Mexicali is a very safe city where you will have an excellent stay. Food: You will notice that the official dish of Mexicali is Chinese Food.

Surgery Cost

Costs can vary based on surgeon and location. The average price of Duodenal Switch in Mexico between $10,000 – $15,000; around 70% less than United States.

The number of American and Canadian patients visiting Dr. Arellano is rising, more patients keep trusting and recommending Mexico Bariatric Surgery thanks to great proven results. Dr. Arellano is one of the best-skilled surgeons with +20 years of experiences practicing Bariatric Surgeries.