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Get the Facts on Duodenal Switch.

Duodenal Switch Vs. SADI, SIPS, Loop DS

The well-known standard Duodenal Switch (DS) operation is a clearly defined operation. It is assigned a specific CPT code (43845), which defines precisely that anatomy.

SADI, SIPS and Single anastomosis Loop DS are not equivalents of the standard DS operation. In fact, from a physiologic perspective, the dissimilarities are more notable than the similarities when it comes to the theoretical weight loss mechanisms that are involved.

The most critical information, however, is that the scientific data for SADI, SIPS and Single anastomosis Loop DS are very limited and thus far, short-term only. At the time of the publication of this summary, there is a research study that is looking into the efficacy, safety and the short- and mid-term outcome of the procedures. This is while some surgeons are offering these procedures as a substitute (or an alternative) of the standard DS, and claiming that it is an equivalent to the standard DS. This position has simply not been proven, nor is it likely to be true.


Duodenal Switch


Proven Long term outcome

Yes, with over 20 years outcome- (reference)

No Long Term outcome. An Experimental procedure being studied (reference)

Technical ease






Bile Reflux

Not anatomically possible

Possible complication

Long term weight loss

Best outcome (reference)

No long-term data. The expectation would be that the weight loss will be much less than that of the Duodenal Switch with the potential of significant regain.


Potential nutritional deficiencies

Possible – (reference %) corrected with supplementation

Inadequate data

Individually tailored

Yes if the common and alimentary bowel lengths done as percentage of the total length (Hess Method)

Every patient gets the same operation

Diet for best outcome

Broad healthy non restrictive

No long term data

Variable a surgeon can adjust for the best outcome

1-stomach size

2-Common Channel

3-Alimaentary channel

1-stomach size

2-Common and Alimentary limb (are the same)

Selective Fat Malabsorption

Yes- negligible fat absorption in the Alimentary limb

No-The Alimentary the common channel are the same – no selective fat malabsorption

Selective nutrient absorption

Yes- The Alimentary and common channels are separate.

No-The Alimentary ad Common Channels are the same. Much higher increase in caloric absorption.