#PODCAST Durban Metabolic Surgery Centre secure accreditation to perform Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) surgery

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka – Shedding the kilos, particularly for those with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), can be difficult. For many, the gastric bypass procedure has been the gold standard for weight loss, however, ongoing research shows that morbidly obese patients, especially those with long term diabetes, do better with more drastic procedures such as Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) surgery. Only a few centres in South Africa are specialised to do this highly advanced procedure. This kind of surgery offers an extremely specific set of benefits but takes longer to perform compared to a gastric bypass. Now, the Durban Metabolic Surgery Centre joins the ranks of a few in the country accredited to perform this specialised surgery. In this week’s Medical, we speak to specialist surgeon Dr Gert du Toit about the procedure…

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