Loop Duodenal Switch Surgery Before and After

Meet Dr. Joshua Long:
Our Bariatric Surgeon

A nationally renowned and double-board-certified Denver bariatric surgeon, Dr. Long uses a partnership care model with each patient to tailor care to their individual needs. Patients routinely thank Dr. Long for his warm, compassionate bedside manner. He’s considered to be at the top of his field, having performed over 1,000 bariatric surgeries. Peers praise his technical skill, and he has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons in the nation. Dr. Long and the staff at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado consider it an honor to serve every patient with the highest quality of care.

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Dr. Joshua Long

MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS

What would it feel like to lose 150 pounds or even more? What would it feel like to be able to go on hikes with your kids, or even bend down and tie your shoes without it becomeing a whole process? Or to be free from joint pain, aching, tiredness, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases related to obesity?

That’s what our SADI-S patients have done. The duodenal switch has empowered them to change their lives, and their before and afters are truly astonishing. The duodenal switch, in conjunction with intentional diet and exercise, helps our patients lose 85-100% of their excess weight. Imagine how that would feel.

You can see a few of our duodenal switch success stories below:

Duodenal Switch Success Stories

Duodenal Switch Surgery Before and After: Georgette Camacho

What was your life like before bariatric surgery?
Very exhausting no energy.

How has bariatric surgery improved your quality of life?
More energetic.

Why did you choose to go with the BMCC?
I was referred by my Endocrinologist office as an alternative to help stop my diabetes.

What was the best thing about working with the BMCC / Dr. Long?
Dr. Long is so professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and takes his time to explain everything to you to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the info.

Would you recommend the BMCC to a friend struggling with his or her weight? Why or why not?
Yes, I would recommend Dr. Long to family, friends, and strangers. The best decision I have ever made was to have this surgery. Not only did I improve my health, I have my life back again with my family. I am very proud to say I’m no longer a diabetic and since surgery no more insulin injections. It’s a very emotional experience and I just wish I would have done this sooner.

Duodenal switch picture Georgette Camacho--Before
Duodenal switch picture Georgette Camacho--After

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Duodenal Switch Success Story: Johnetta Hebrlee

After working with a health coach and my doctor, for the last 2 years, charting my exercise and food intake, I had limited success. After a heart to heart with my doctor and then with my health coach, both suggested that perhaps I need a different tool to give me success and they suggested gastric sleeve surgery. Several weeks later my doctor called me out of the blue and said he had just attended a “get to know” the doctors in the new network. He said to me “Johnetta, I listened to this surgeon and he’s the one. I just know that he’s the one to do your surgery.” The reality of what he was telling me was this “it’s time to get real and make the call.” I made that call in March 2015 and have never regretted it. Like an addict admitting to an addiction, that was the hardest call for me to make. I cried and barely got through the telephone interview. Later, as I thought back over that call, I had a sense of understanding and of compassion from the receptionist I talked with and thought “if the doctor is anything like this, I’ve made the right decision.”

I met with my team at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Rockies-Parker Adventist Hospital, on March 18, 2015, I could not have been more impressed. After meeting with the dietitian, psychologist and nurse, I could not wait to meet Dr. Long. I was not disappointed. Dr. Long was sincere, genuine and took his time to listen about me and my weight and health issues. We went over each surgical option and I made the decision to have the (loop) duodenal switch. I was on my way!

I had my surgery September 1, 2015. Twenty two days later my mother died and I went through a very trying time. Dr. Long called me at home and asked how I was doing and what could he or the “team” do to help. In January, my father had a stroke and again Dr. Long called to lend his support and guidance through another of life’s trials. Time and again, Dr. Long or one of his team members has reached out and gone beyond the “usual” doctor/nurse/patient relationship to ensure my success but more than that to inquire and lend assistance for my well being, whether mentally or physically. I cannot say enough about my team. They get 10 stars out of 5 for being the best!

Dr. Long and his team have assisted me in every step of this journey and their positive attitude and atmosphere of the office make each visit a wonderful one. From the surgery day to my follow-up appointments, I actually look forward to seeing Dr. Long and having a health related and non-health related conversation with him-because he cares. Truly a man that followed his calling. I can only thank Dr. Long and his staff for giving me my life back. I have set some new goals for myself and look forward to walking a 5k and participating in a triathlon. Due to the compassion, guidance and support I receive from Dr. Long and his staff, I know I’m going to be alright!!!

Before and After Our Duodenal Switch Surgeries: Lisa and Chris Chesrown

This is a story of a couple that truly does everything together. Hello my name is Chris Chesrown and this is a Journey that me and my wife Lisa began 1 year ago. Since late August in 1999 me and my wife have been a team in life, a team in love and a team in faith. Shortly after getting married and starting our family we both started to slowly and steadily gain weight. We both struggled with the usual see saw battles of dieting and exercise. The roller coaster of weight loss and emotional stress. While we were completely satisfied with each other and our lives together, we were also prisoners in our own bodies. We both felt lost, hopeless, and miserable about our own appearance, our eating habits, and overall fitness level. After 14 years of dieting and trying just about every gimmick or fad known to man we were so lost and had no direction on how to turn our life and our health around….. It gets to a point after so many years that you just feel hopeless and too far gone.

This next chapter in our lives together we so proudly and happily refer to as “our journey”. In the summer of 2014 Lisa was just done!!! Fed up with how she looked and felt day to day. She had mentioned over the past couple of years that she would really like to possibly have bariatric surgery. So wanting my wife and partner to be happy and feel about herself the way that I feel toward her I set out to research these types of weight loss surgeries and what they are about. Like (a) beacon from above the very first site I ended up checking out was The Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital. There was an advertisement for a free seminar about these surgeries by the Surgeon who performs them. Something just seemed to feel very comforting about the info on the seminar so I signed Lisa up and just as we always do we went together to find out if this was something Lisa would really like to do. After meeting Doctor Long and listening to how he works not only as a surgeon, but more so as a person and how he approaches his life’s work with such reverence and passion to truly help people break the chains of weight and the other health issues that come with it. We weren’t in the car on the way home 5 minutes before Lisa said I want to do this….. Never even thinking this was something I would ever do I turned to her and with complete confidence said “I want to do this too”. Our Journey began that night! We called the office the next day and signed up for a trio of consultations. We would need to meet with their in house nutritionist, psychologist, and of course meet with Doctor Long. From the very first time we anxiously and nervously opened the door to the clinic we were welcomed with gorgeous smiles, caring words and people that truly love what they do and the people who’s lives they touch everyday. From that day forward we had many consultations, classes and requirements to not only help us confirm our commitment to this life change, but to also teach us how to live a more educated and disciplined lifestyle with all of the negative attributes which contribute to weight and health issues.

The surgery!!!! We both of course chose to have the same procedure from the list of many that they offer. We chose to have “the switch” otherwise known as (loop) duodenal switch. Our stomachs would be reduced in size and volume by up to 80% and some other plumbing would be rerouted as well. This seemed like the best option for us because of the amount of not only the amount of weight we needed to lose but also we want to have the best opportunity to keep the weight from coming back as we have learned a lot of weight issues are more then food related it can also be genetic. Lisa had her surgery first on October 27th, and I was right behind her on Nov 17th. Oh what a difference a year can make!!!!!

Life after surgery. Recovery was exactly what they said it would be and just a few weeks after surgery we both could really start to feel the difference as well as see the weight disappearing. We were no longer prisoners in our own bodies, we were no longer handicapped by our weight, we were living and moving and feeling better then we had felt in so many years. We found ourselves wanting to go our and go for walks and adventures and wanting to explore our new lives. We were set free and it feels better then any dream or fantasy you could imagine, because it is real and continues to get better everyday! We fit in any booth, chair, seat there is and for me that is something I have never felt in as long as I can remember. We are currently planning a huge family vacation and we can’t wait to go on the plane and be able to sit in the seat comfortably. We owe our new lease on life and our amazing new health to The Bariatric Center, Doctor Long, and the entire staff who has brome not only great mentors and coaches, but true friends and life long partners. We are forever grateful and proud to be a part of Doctor Long’s family of success!

Duodenal switch before and after photos--Chris and Lisa Before
Duodenal switch before and after photos--Chris and Lisa After
Duodenal switch before and after--Chris and Lisa

Duodenal Switch Surgery Before and After Photos

Is the Duodenal Switch Right For Me?

The duodenal switch may or may not be right for you. For this operation to be a safe choice for you, you’ll need to be extremely dedicated to taking protein and vitamin supplements every day for the rest of your life. If you have current vitamin or mineral deficiencies, irritable bowel syndrome, or severe reflux, then a different surgery may be a better fit. Click the link to learn more about whether or not the duodenal switch is right for you.

But if you don’t suffer from the above, and (most importantly) if you know that you can be 100% dedicated to a life of vitamin and mineral supplements, then the duodenal switch can be your powerful weight loss solution.

You can sign up with your insurance, or we offer a very reasonable cash pay option. Get started today!

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS. Dr. Long is a double-board-certified bariatric surgeon and bariatric medical director for Parker Adventist Hospital.
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Page Updated: March 1st, 2020

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