A duodenal switch is a weight loss surgery that both reduces the size of the stomach, and decreases intestinal absorption by rerouting part of the small intestine. The procedure is quite complex, and there are advantages and disadvantages compared to other types of weight loss surgery. The main advantage of a duodenal switch is that it produces better and more permanent results, and patients do not experience the "dumping syndrome" associated with other procedures. The main disadvantage is that patients may need excessive vitamin and mineral supplements for a period of time after surgery. In the US, the operation costs about $47,000, and in the UK about £15,000. Abroad, patients can save more than sixty percent.
In Costa Rica and Mexico, duodenal switch surgery is only $12,000-$14,000 or £8,000-£9,500. Bariatric surgeons in Latin America study in some of the best medical schools in the US, Canada, and Europe. They are trained in the latest techniques, and operate in clean, modern hospitals. Patients will be cared for by a team of compassionate nurses and doctors who speak English and understand patients' concerns. Patients can recover in a tranquil setting and take advantage of the knowledgeable nutritionists and therapists who work at the hospital. After a week, the doctor will perform a follow-up, and if the patient is healing well, he can be released from the hospital. Food and lodging are inexpensive, so patients can stay longer if needed.
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