Why the Obese Patient is at Risk for Perioperative Complications

  • J. B. Brodsky


Obesity has become a worldwide problem of epidemic proportions. Extreme obesity is associated with pathophysiologic changes in all organ systems, which in turn effect anaesthetic management. Since obese patients undergo all types of surgery, and not just weight loss operations, surgeons, anaesthesiologists and critical care physicians must be familiar with the special needs of the morbidly obese surgical patient.


Bariatric Surgery Obese Patient Morbid Obesity Laryngeal Mask Airway Total Body Weight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. Brodsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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