Bariatric surgery 'linked with improved kidney function'

It follows that impaired function should not be a contraindication to surgery, nephrologist says

People with obesity who undergo bariatric surgery may have better long-term kidney function than their peers who do not have weight-loss surgery, a study suggests.

anatomical model of sleeve gastrectomy

Researchers examined data on 144 adults with a BMI of 35 or higher who underwent bariatric surgery and were matched 1:1 to with a non-surgery cohort based on sex, self-reported race, preoperative BMI, age, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) using creatinine.

In the surgery group, mean eGFR declined 0.41mL/min/1.73m2