Those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) who are more than 35 pounds above their recommended medical weight (Body Mass Index) are considered obese which may jeopardize their treatment plan and make them poor candidates for receiving a Kidney Transplant. Thus many people who must manage CKD thoroughly consider and go through with weight loss surgery because nonsurgical interventions such as diet and exercise fail in the majority of patients. Although the surgery can help those with CKD shed excess weight, a new study from the American Society of Nephrology finds that many suffer very significant side effects.
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In general, adults with CKD may be at greater risk of complications because of their propensity for infections and the presence of comorbid (secondary illness or disorder) conditions. Older adults and those with established cardiovascular disease are at high risk of complications, with up to 20% of adults older than 65 years experiencing an adverse event after gastric bypass surgery. The most common complications are gastrointestinal tract related, with more than half of CKD patients being hospitalized for digestive disorders within 5-years. Other concerns include nutritional complications related to iron, calcium, vitamin B, and other general vitamin deficiencies.
The study authors concluded that although weight-loss surgery is effective in obese patients with CKD, the rates of harmful side effects and death are high. Hence, KidneyBuzz.com encourages its readers to exhaust all other alternatives to lose weight before deciding to conduct weight-loss surgery to avoid harmful side effects and death. If you determine that you want to go through with the procedure then it is highly recommended to discuss risks with your Nephrologist in order to best protect against poor outcomes.
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Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, Katherine R. Tuttle, MD, Katherine R. Tuttle, MD, David Leehey, MD, Amy Luke, PhD, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD, David Shoham, PhD, Richard Cooper, MD, Srinvisan Beddhu. "Obesity Management in Adults With CKD." Medscape.com. American Journal of Kidney Diseases