National Postoperative Bariatric Surgery Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Kidney Disease

Obes Surg. 2019 Mar;29(3):975-982. doi: 10.1007/s11695-018-3604-2.


Purpose: Obesity is a major risk factor for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and is often a barrier to kidney transplantation. However, limited evidence exists evaluating postoperative bariatric surgery outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and ESKD.

Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent bariatric surgery in 2015-2016 using the national Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program dataset. Propensity score matching was used to balance characteristics across patients with CKD and ESKD vs. those without CKD.

Results: There were 323,034 patients without CKD, 1694 patients with CKD, and 925 patients with ESKD who underwent bariatric surgery. Patients with CKD and ESKD had a significantly increased risk of 30-day reoperation (CKD odds ratio [OR] 2.25 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.45-3.51; ESKD OR 3.10, 95% CI 1.72-5.61) and readmission (CKD OR 1.98, 95% CI 1.53-2.56; ESKD OR 2.97, 95% CI 2.05-4.31) compared to patients without CKD; mortality risk was elevated in patients with ESKD (OR 11.59, 95% CI 6.71-20.04) but not in those with CKD (OR 1.00, 95% CI 0.32-3.11). Rates of adverse outcomes were < 15% across all groups. There were 12, 50, and 172 deaths per 1000 person-years among patients without CKD, with CKD, and with ESKD, respectively.

Conclusion: Patients with CKD and ESKD experienced higher risk of postbariatric surgery complications compared to those without kidney disease, although absolute complication rates were low across all groups. CKD and ESKD should not be perceived as contraindications to bariatric surgery.

Keywords: Bariatric surgery; Chronic kidney disease; End-stage renal disease; Obesity; Weight loss surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery / adverse effects*
  • Bariatric Surgery / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / surgery*
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / epidemiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology