Surgical Management of Obese Patient

Updated:May 5,2011
An estimated 65 percent of Americans are classified as overweight or obese, with the most rapidly growing segment among the severely obese and super obese.


  • The severely obese are at increased risk for longer hospital stays, renal failure and prolonged assisted ventilation.
  • Co-morbidities influence pre-operative cardiac risk assessment of severely obese patients.
  • This scientific advisory provides important recommendations for health care professionals in managing this growing patient population.

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