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Kidney transplants for obese, overweight, with guest Reza Saidi, MD, on Upstate's The Informed Patient podcast

Research shows that weight need not disqualify a candidate

Overweight and obese patients with failing kidneys should not be excluded from getting a kidney transplant, says Reza Saidi, MD, part of a team that researched the topic. While weight and body mass index are factors surgeons consider when someone has end-stage renal disease, Saidi says research shows the overweight patients do well with new kidneys and that diseased kidneys are far worse a condition than obesity. Saidi, an associate professor of surgery and the chief of transplant services at Upstate, discusses how weight can affect kidney transplant and notes that he encourages healthy weight and lifestyle practices in his patients.