Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Taking Statin before Major Surgery can reduce your risk of kidney problems

Many patients who undergo major elective surgery can develop kidney problems after surgery, due to decreased blood flow to the kidneys during the operation, or due to inflammation.

In a research paper to be published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers claim that taking a statin before surgery could protect the kidneys from being damaged. They examined the medical records of a large number of older patients in Ontario who underwent surgery between 1995 and 2008, and saw that those who were taking statins were 20% less likely to develop problems.

A total of 213,347 patients from 211 hospitals underwent major elective surgery, and 4,020 patients (1.9 per cent) developed postoperative kidney injury within two weeks of surgery. Of these, 1173 needed dialysis within 14 days of surgery, and a shocking 5,974 died with a month of their operations.