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Duodenal Switch Surgery

Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge, even with bariatric surgery. A duodenal switch may be ideal in these cases.

A duodenal switch combines restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss methods, helping patients overcome severe obesity and comorbidities.

Learn how ALO Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, can help you shed excess weight and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life...

What Is a Duodenal Switch?

Also known as a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS), the duodenal switch is a malabsorptive weight loss surgery that can provide life-changing benefits. Here is how it works: 

Reduction of Stomach Size

The first step in a duodenal switch is performing a gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy). This removes up to 80 percent of a patient's stomach. This makes patients feel fuller faster and reduces sensations of hunger. Reduced calorie consumption aids in restrictive weight loss.

Bypassing Part of the Small Intestine

Next, your surgeon bypasses approximately two-thirds of your small intestine. By making this alteration, patients will absorb fewer calories from food during the digestion process.

Rerouting the Bypassed Small Intestine

The third step is biliopancreatic diversion. The bypassed portion of the intestine is reattached to the end of the rerouted small intestine. This allows bile and pancreatic digestive juices to flow to the end of the rerouted intestine and continue to aid in digestion.

A Patient's Success Story Weight Loss Surgery Makes a Difference

"Three (3) years ago I decided to make a change in my life. It wasn’t just a physical transformation. The transformation was more than that. I’m more confident in my own skin now. The insecurities I used to have, that used to prevent me from being the person I really was all along, are now gone. I have definitely bloomed!!

"Folks will say, 'You’ve changed!' Well, don’t let that bother you. In fact, embrace those comments because you know that it’s really just the real you showing up now, without those pesky insecurities. I sure have changed! I’m ME now, and enjoying life to the fullest!!"
Michelle Bueno

Ready to Talk About Duodenal Switch Surgery? Contact Our Bariatric Surgeons

Duodenal switch surgery may be just what you need to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. Our bariatric surgery centers in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta are here to help. These state-of-the-art facilities can safely and affordably perform complicated bariatric procedures to benefit your health.

The ALO Bariatrics team includes proud members of the following organizations:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases
  • The Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery

To learn more about duodenal switch surgery, contact our bariatric surgeons online or call our bariatric surgery practice at:

(866) 804-8953

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The Cost of Surgery Duodenal Switch Pricing

The cost of a duodenal switch at our Tijuana surgical center is $6,800. The final cost of surgery can vary based on the needs of the patient and the city in which you undergo the procedure. While more expensive than gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, BPD-DS can yield more dramatic weight loss results.

Location Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch LAP-BAND
Tijuana $4,700 $6,300 $6,800 $5,500
Puerto Vallarta $4,900 $6,500 $7,200 $6,500
Guadalajara - Real San Jose $5,100 $6,700 $7,400 $6,700
Guadalajara - Puerta de Hierro $4,500 $6,100 $6,600 $5,300

To help make duodenal switch surgery more affordable, ALO Bariatrics offers financing options.

A Closer Look at Duodenal Switch Surgery

The Duodenal Switch Procedure A Step-by-Step Look

Duodenal switch surgery takes three to four hours to complete
Duodenal switch surgery takes three to four hours to complete

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, we will go over your weight loss goals and determine which surgery may be right for you. Sometimes a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure is more appropriate. That can only be determined by discussing matters with our bariatric surgeons.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia and local anesthetic are administered to keep patients relaxed and comfortable during their surgery. Your vitals will be closely monitored throughout the procedure.

Laparoscopic Surgery

ALO Bariatrics performs laparoscopic weight loss surgery. This means that our bariatric surgeons use small articulate instruments and only make small incisions. This avoids the need for open surgery, reduces surgical risks, leaves few visible scars, and improves patient comfort and healing times.

Altering Stomach Size

Much like a sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons will first reduce the size of the stomach by around 70 to 80 percent. This restricts calorie intake and controls sensations of hunger.

Adjusting the Intestine

Next, the small intestine is rerouted and altered. This allows a portion of the digestive tract to be bypassed, reducing the amount of calories that are absorbed during the digestion process.

Finishing the Surgical Procedure

ALO Bariatrics uses Johnson & Johnson staples, which we then reinforce with sutures. This helps reduce the risk of gastric leaks and other complications during the critical early stages of healing.

Recovering from Surgery

After duodenal switch, patients will be on a liquid diet for approximately two weeks. Patients will slowly switch to pureed food in the next two weeks of recovery, gradually reintroducing soft foods and solids into their diet after about a month. Be sure to eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and savor your food.

Most patients are able to return to work after two weeks. Strenuous physical activities should be avoided for up to six weeks after surgery. While running and heavy cardio must be avoided, patients are encouraged to walk a little each day in order to promote circulation and improve the healing experience.

ALO Bariatrics will provide full post-op aftercare instructions to patients. We will also answer any questions or concerns you may have while you are healing.

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Life After Surgery Vitamins and Supplements


The changes to the digestive tract will require duodenal switch patients to take nutritional supplements for the rest of their lives. This ensures that patients are getting their daily recommended allowances of iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamins A, K, D, and B12. During the consultation process, the ALO Bariatrics team will provide a detailed list of vitamins and minerals that will require supplementation.

"I'm forever grateful." Five-Star Reviews of Our Tijuana Bariatrics Center


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I received the best care at ALO Bariatrics TJ location. The whole medical staff amazing! I promise you will not regret allowing them to give you the tool to kick obesity out of your life. I'm forever grateful. The doctors at ALO are very humble and the driver is super nice.

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I had a wonderful experience at ALO Bariatrics. I would highly recommend this facility! The doctors, nurses, and facility were comparable to those in the U.S., and the care was wonderful!

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ALO Bariatrics

ALO Bariatrics provides expert, safe, and effective weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Patients from around the world travel to Mexico to receive affordable care from our highly trained bariatric surgeons. We are affiliated with several notable organizations, including:

  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)

For more information on ALO Bariatrics, or to begin your weight loss journey, we encourage you to contact us online or call (844) 461-2831.

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