Why Popcorn Is Bad for Duodenal Switch Patients

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Debra (a patient from Bremerton, WA, USA)

I’ve heard that popcorn is bad for duodenal switch patients. Is that true? If so, why?


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Surgeon response to "Why Popcorn Is Bad for Duodenal Switch Patients"

by: John Rabkin, M.D., Pacific Laparoscopy


After the initial recovery from the Duodenal Switch surgery (approximately after the first six post-operative weeks) popcorn is NOT contraindicated and may actually be a good source of fiber that is relatively filling and low calorie (provided that it is not coated in butter and/or sugar!) for the Duodenal Switch patient.

The prohibition against eating popcorn is directed to patients who undergo the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass where there is a purposely narrow anastomotic gastro-jejunostomy that is constructed (to delay the empytying from the gastric pouch into the small intestinal limb) that potentially is at risk of becoming blocked by foods high in fiber such as popcorn.

John Rabkin,
M.D. Pacific Laparoscopy

(click here for Dr. Rabkin's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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