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Meet Scott: Before and After Duodenal Switch Surgery

Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
November 18, 2019
Scott and Dr. Rana Pullatt

Scott had the Duodenal Switch procedure with Dr. Rana Pullatt on May 20th of this year. Prior to having bariatric surgery, Scott weighed 439 pounds. Over the course of the past 6 months, he has lost close to 150 pounds and states that he “feels like a new person”. The above picture is Scott with Dr. Pullatt at his 6-month follow-up visit in clinic. This is what Scott has to say about his weight loss journey with the MUSC Bariatric Surgery Program:

“Prior to having surgery, I was close to 500 pounds at my heaviest, I never felt full and I was becoming immobile. Six months after undergoing the Duodenal Switch procedure, I am enjoying my life again! I have a completely new wardrobe, I have more energy and I feel healthy. My best piece of advice to anyone who is struggling with obesity is to be honest with your healthcare professionals. Surgery was the best option for me. If you are considering it, talk to your doctor – it saved my life and it could save yours!”

Before and after weight loss photo of bariatric surgery patient

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (also just simply known as the Duodenal Switch) is one of three bariatric procedures offered at MUSC to treat obesity. To summarize, the Duodenal Switch results in long-term weight loss through three major mechanisms:

  • It removes about 70-80 percent of your stomach
  • It bypasses most of your small intestine (ingested food does not flow through the bypassed part)
  • It reroutes digestive enzymes from your pancreas to an area much farther down in your small intestine

To learn more about this procedure and other weight loss surgery options, visit the MUSC Health Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery website.  You can also watch a video that explains the procedure in more detail.

About the Author

Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years of experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Keywords: Bariatric, Diet, Weight Loss