Published Clinical Reports
- In 1998, Dr. Hess of Bowling Green, Ohio, published a 10-year follow-up report on the first 440 patients to undergo his BPD/DS procedure (Hess, et al.: Biliopancreatic Diversion with a Duodenal Switch, Obesity Surgery, 8, 1998; 267-282.). This report concludes that this operation has vastly improved the lives of seriously obese patients with many co-morbidities. Furthermore, there has been no late regain of weight in this method.
- The BPD procedure (without the duodenal switch), on which the BPD/DS is based, was first performed in 1976 by Dr. Nicola Scopinaro of Italy. In 1998, Dr. Scopinaro published a 21-year follow-up report on a series of 2241 BPD patients (Scopinaro N, et al.: Biliopancreatic Diversion, World J Surg. 1998 Sep;22(9):936-46. PMID: 9717419; UI: 98383147.). This report concludes that the BPD is the most effective procedure for the surgical treatment of obesity.
- In 1993, Dr. Picard Marceau of Laval, Canada, published a report on the benefits of the BPD/DS procedure over the unmodified BPD (Marceau, P., S. Biron, et al. (1993). "Biliopancreatic Diversion with a New Type of Gastrectomy." Obes Surg 3: 29-35.). This report confirms that the DS procedure eliminates or greatly minimizes most negative side effects of the original BPD.
- In 1997, Dr. Robert Rabkin of San Francisco, California, published a report comparing results from three procedures including the DGB/DS (Rabkin RA. "Distal gastric bypass/duodenal switch procedure, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion in a community practice." Obes Surg. 1998 Feb;8(1):53-9.44). This report concludes that the DS procedure is an important option for primary treatment of morbid obesity, and that it can be performed safely, with long-term stable weight loss.
- In 1998, Dr. Picard Marceau, et al, published a detailed report on follow-up results from BPD and BPD/DS patients who underwent surgery as far back as thirteen years previously. (Marceau P; Hould FS; Simard S; Lebel S; Bourque RA; Potvin M, Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch., World journal of surgery. 1998 Sep;22(9):947-54). This report summarizes results which illustrate the superiority of the DS enhancement over the original Scopinaro BPD procedure.
- In December 2000, Drs. Ren, Patterson and Gagner reported on results from their first 40 laparoscopic BPD/DS patients (Early results of laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch: a case series of 40 consecutive patients.Obes Surg. 2000 Dec;10(6):514-23). This report concludes that laparoscopic BPD-DS is a complex, yet feasible, procedure resulting in effective weight loss with an acceptable morbidity.
- In February 2001, Dr. Aniceto Baltasar of Alcoy, Spain published a report on his intermediate results with the Duodenal Switch procedure ("Duodenal Switch: an Effective Therapy for Morbid Obesity—Intermediate Results." Obes Surg. 2001 Feb;11:54-59). This report found the DS procedure to be very effective for weight control in morbidly obese and super-morbidly obese individuals, with a very satisfactory post-op quality of life.
- In April 2002, Dr. Aniceto Baltasar of Alcoy, Spain published a report on his early results with 16 Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch patients ("Laparoscopic Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch: Technique and Initial Experience." Obes Surg. April 2002). This report concludes that LapDS is an advanced, complex and feasible technique in bariatric surgery.
- In April 2003, Dr. Robert Rabkin, et al, published a report on his laparoscopic technique for performing the Duodenal Switch procedure ("Laparoscopic technique for performing duodenal switch with gastric reduction." Obes Surg. 2003 Apr;13(2):263-8). This report concludes that this method has yields advantages including decreased pain, improved pulmonary function in the early postoperative period, reduced hospital stay, and a more pleasant cosmetic result.
- In April 2003, Dr. Gary Anthone, et al, published a study including 10 years experience with the Duodenal Switch procedure (The Duodenal Switch Operation for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity: A 10 Year Experience). This report concludes that the DS is a safe and effective primary procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. It has the advantage of allowing acceptable alimentation with a minimum of side effects while producing and maintaining significant weight loss. These results are achieved without developing significant dietary restrictions or clinical metabolic or nutritional complications.
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