For the first time in the TRNC, bariatric surgery was performed on a kidney transplant patient. – University of Kyrenia
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For the first time in the TRNC, bariatric surgery was performed on a kidney transplant patient.

For the first time in the TRNC, bariatric surgery was performed on a kidney transplant patient.

The operation that Sanlı Çoban, one of the former presidents of Gönyeli Sports Club, underwent at the Near East University Hospital, recorded in history because it was the first time an obesity surgery was performed on a kidney transplant patient in the TRNC.

Sanlı Çoban, one of the former presidents of Gönyeli Sports Club, was operated by Dr. Ahmet Soykurt, Near East University Hospital General Surgery Department Specialist. This operation is of great importance as it was carried out for the first time in our country on a kidney transplant patient.

Obesity is a disease that is increasing all over the world and is described as the “disease of the age” and can cause life-threatening problems. Bariatric surgery stands out as an effective treatment method in cases where diet and exercise alone do not provide effective results in the treatment of obesity and especially when health problems due to weight pose a serious threat.

Dr. Ahmet Soykurt: “Diabetes and weight control can be overcome with bariatric surgery in obese patients who have undergone organ transplantation.”
Dr. Ahmet Soykurt said that the results of recent studies are a glimmer of hope for patients with organ transplants in bariatric surgery. “Obesity surgery has become more applicable in transplant patients around the world in terms of protecting the transplanted organ and reaching the ideal weight,” saying Dr. Ahmet Soykurt pointed out; “Patients with solid organ transplants such as lung, kidney, liver and pancreas constitute the most special patient group. Due to the treatment these patients receive, diabetes and weight control are difficult, and it is a risk factor for the transplanted organ. For this reason, obesity surgery comes to the fore in preventing heart, kidney and eyes problems that can be caused by obesity.”

Dr. Ahmet Soykurt: “A full-fledged hospital is of vital importance in obesity surgery.”
Scientifically proven sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgeries can be performed in solid organ transplant patients. However, it is vital that the operations of these patients are performed in a full-fledged hospital. “Close follow-up of all departments, especially nephrology, is required before surgery,” saying Dr. Ahmet Soykurt emphasized that a multidisciplinary approach is also important in postoperative patient follow-up.

Dr. Ahmet Soykurt also gave information about the health status of Sanlı Çoban. Stating that Çoban also suffers from diabetes, Dr. Ahmet Soykurt said that the patient who had a kidney transplant 3 years ago, was unable to lose weight despite trying many weight loss methods, so bariatric surgery was decided as the last solution. Dr. Soykurt said, “We had a difficult and long preparation period for obesity surgery. All necessary consultations were made. Opinions and approvals of all relevant branches were received. Our patient underwent gastric sleeve surgery. He lost 7 kilos in the first week. Hypertension and diabetes were controlled. Our patient was discharged in good health. At the end of 1 month, the weight loss reached 14 kilos.

Sanlı Çoban: “I got rid of all the health problems that could cost my life thanks to the specialist doctors and health staff of the Near East University Hospital.”
Sanlı Çoban, one of the former presidents of Gönyeli Sports Club, who made statements about his health problems, said: “My illness started in 2000 with diabetes. It continued with kidney failure in 2015. In this process, I always had my treatments at the Near East University Hospital. I got rid of all the health problems that could cost my life thanks to the specialist physicians and related health staff working here. Finally, my doctor, Mr. Ahmet Soykurt, performed my gastric sleeve surgery. In the same operation, my complaints about the liver and gallbladder were also eliminated. I am also grateful to my teacher Suat Günsel for offering these opportunities to us and adding such value to Cyprus. I want everyone to benefit from these blessings. There is nothing more important than health.”