Biliopancreatic diversion

Biliopancreatic diversion was a development on the jejunoileal bypass type of bariatric surgery. It can be performed with or without a duodenal switch.

The procedure involves

  • distal gastrectomy, with formation of a gastric pouch
  • gastroenterostomy, with formation of a ~250 cm Roux limb (normal small bowel is ~550 cm long)
  • anastomosis of the biliopancreatic limb to the to the Roux limb ~50 cm proximal to the ileocecal valve

The bypass is designed to have a mixture of restrictive and malabsorption effects.

Postgastrectomy syndrome led to development of a duodenal switch variant. In this variant, the stomach is restricted along the greater curvature (like a sleeve gastrectomy), and the shortened Roux limb is attached end-to-end to the proximal duodenum. The biliopancreatic limb is attached similarly to the normal biliopancreatic diversion.

Treatment and prognosis

Biliopancreatic diversion has been reported to result in 70% of long term weight loss in >90% of patients 2. The duodenal switch variant may be even more effective 3. These procedures may occasionally be used when other more conservative bariatric procedures have failed.


Although the procedure avoids the bypass enteritis of jejunoileal bypass (with associated risk of hepatic failure), it does have a number of side effects, including

  • risk of nutritional deficiency: calcium, fat-soluble vitamins, and protein
  • postgastrectomy syndrome: marginal ulcers and dumping syndrome
    • decreased with duodenal switch
  • bowel obstruction, internal hernia, anastomotic leak
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rID: 38085
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bilio-pancreatic diversion
  • Biliopancreatic diversions

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