What to expect after surgery
The duodenal switch procedure can often last three to four hours, and most patients require about three to four weeks of recovery.
Part of the recovery process involves getting re-accustomed to eating solid foods. People who have the procedure can consume only fluids immediately following surgery. From there, they will progress to pureed foods and ultimately solids. Some patients can experience difficulty consuming liquids immediately after surgery because of swelling around the stomach and small bowel. In these cases, readmission to the hospital for a day or two may be necessary to rehydrate.
Pain may also occur following the surgery; your physician may prescribe painkillers to take after the surgery.
Most of the weight loss with the duodenal switch occurs during the first 12 to 18 months after surgery. Based on patient averages, you may lose about 70% of your current weight and about 35% of your BMI.
Compliance with nutrition guidelines is absolutely mandatory for duodenal switch patients because failure to comply can lead to malnutrition and significantly unpleasant bowel changes.