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Am J Transplant. 2019 Sep;19(9):2415-2420. doi: 10.1111/ajt.15260. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

Bariatric surgery for prospective living kidney donors with obesity?

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Department of Transplant Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The obesity epidemic has gripped the transplant community. With nearly 40% of adults in the United States being obese (BMI ≥30 kg/m2 ) and 20% being morbidly obese (BMI ≥35 kg/m2 ), the implications for both donors and recipients of solid organs continue to grow.1 Nowhere is this more impactful than the candidacy of living kidney donors (LKDs). As increasing numbers of obese adults present for LKD consideration and evidence of inferior outcomes among obese LKDs grows, transplant surgeons will become progressively challenged by how to manage these patients in the clinic. Therefore, we offer this Personal Viewpoint to the transplant surgery community in order to review the current impact of obesity on living kidney donation, highlight what weight-loss interventions have already been attempted, and discuss the role that referral for weight-loss interventions including bariatric surgery might have going forward.


disparities; donors and donation: donor evaluation; donors and donation:living; editorial/personal viewpoint; kidney transplantation/nephrology; obesity; organ procurement and allocation; organ transplantation in general; patient referral


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