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HOW BPD-DS WORKS
Like other surgeries, the BPD-DS is a bariatric and metabolic procedure that helps you lose weight by making both physical and chemical changes to your digestive tract. The physical change limits the amount of food you can eat and the chemical changes affects the signals in your body that control your blood sugar levels, feelings of fullness, feelings of hunger and how your body processes and stores the calories from food.
When surgeons perform a BPD-DS, they physically change the upper part of your digestive tract
- Surgeons create a small stomach pouch shaped like a tube. This makes the overall stomach size smaller, so it holds less food. The smaller stomach also helps you feel more full, so you eat less food.
- Surgeons then divide the small intestine into 2 parts. The lower part is then attached to the new, smaller stomach.
- After these changes to the digestive tract, food ends up going past most of the small intestine and does not mix with digestive enzymes until very far down the tract.
- These changes reduce the amount of food you eat and make better use of the food you do eat.