Friday, June 29, 2012

Gastric sleeve could prepare patients for organ transplantation

Another study coming from the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery suggests that gastric sleeve surgery improves the success rate of organ transplants for morbidly obese patients. The report from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine researchers says that the sleeve gastrectomy can be performed safely on many of these patients and, due to the weight loss from it, they are more suitable for organ transplantation.

This is one of many newly discovered benefits of bariatric surgery. It's been found that many obesity-related issues are minimized after weight loss procedures, including Type 2 diabetes. Many patients no longer need insulin after surgery. Due to the weight loss, as well, heart health and life expectancy improve. Sleeve surgery shouldn't be done just to fix these issues, though it supports the connection between weight loss and overall health.

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