If I Don’t Have a Kidney, Can I Still Undergo Bariatric Surgery?

Dr. Ariel OrtizIf I Don’t Have a Kidney, Can I Still Undergo Bariatric Surgery?

Side  effects

Obese patients with chronic kidney disease who receive bariatric surgery succeed in losing weight; however, the risk for side effects and surgical complications is high according to a new study, Kidney Week 2013: the American Society of Nephrology in its 46th Annual Meeting.

The most common side effects were acute kidney injury, occurring in 4% of patients, followed by leak (3%), acidosis and high potassium (3%), postoperative chest infection (3%), vitamin B12 or iron deficiency (3%), fistula or graft.

Reasons for kidney removal may include:

  • A damaged kidney
  • A kidney that no longer functions properly
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney donation

Impairment of the excretory function of the kidney results in an elevation in levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and various proteins metabolic products. Impairment in the kidney function results in a decrease in the production of erythropoietin (causing anemia) and active vitamin D-3, causing hypocalcemia, platelet dysfunction (promoting bleeding).

At OCC, our surgical team performs a complete physical history, full blood panel including metabolic and kidney function test to all surgical candidates in order to evaluate their medical risk factors. The great technique, state of the art laparoscopic surgery and safe anesthesia, helps our patients to recover fast and prevent medical complications, specially in chronic kidney disease patients.

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