The Duodenal Switch is also known sometimes as Bilio-Pancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) and its variation SADI/S. This weight loss surgery is very effective for morbidly obese (super high BMI) bariatric patients because it uses the tools of restriction as well as malabsorption. This is achieved by altering the gastrointestinal tract.
A duodenal switch procedure involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, and the left “sleeve”-like stomach is attached to the final section of the small intestine. Patients can anticipate the possibility of experiencing a 60 to 80 percent total weight loss following this duodenal switch surgery.
Nicola Scorpinaro, an Italian physician, is credited with founding the Biliopancreatic Diversion procedure more than forty years ago. Dr. Douglass Hess perfected the method in 1989 to reduce many of the complications associated with the version created by Scopinaro. It was in 2006 that duodenal switch surgery gained approval to be performed within the United States.
Procedure Cost Comparison
This bariatric procedure can cost between $20,000 and $30,000 within the United States and other parts of the world. These costs are significantly lower at surgery centers in Mexico such as Mexico Bariatric Center. The cost for a duodenal switch can be as little as $6,700 with us. Contact a member of our staff today to find out exact pricing for this procedure.
Prospective patients should also keep in mind that a lifetime regimen of vitamins and supplements can cost approximately $1,500 per year. These costs are frequently offset, however, by the fact that individuals undergoing a duodenal switch commonly have lower overall prescription medication costs. This is related to the effectiveness of duodenal switch surgery in reducing the symptoms and damage related to diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Severely obese individuals frequently struggle with these chronic illnesses.
Duodenal Surgery Insurance
Duodenal switch surgery is a surgical intervention for morbid obesity that offers treatment that often cannot be obtained by other means. It is for this reason that numerous health insurance companies may cover this procedure if a candidate meets the nationally accepted criteria.
Following a consultation with a bariatric surgeon, the doctor will commonly prepare a “Letter of Necessity” for the candidate’s insurance company. This document outlines the necessity for medical intervention. The insurance company will make a determination of eligibility based on this information. This process is called pre-certification or pre-authorization. The time frame involved in this process varies widely among insurance companies. Confirmation of a pre-authorization clears the way to proceed with the surgery.
Medical financing options are also an alternative for patients that want to take advantage of price breaks available in locations such as Mexico.