A Review on the Anesthetic Management of Obese Patients Undergoing Surgery

Rimanatou Seyni-Boureima; Zongze Zhang; Malyn M.L.K Antoine; Chrystal D. Antoine-Frank


BMC Anesthesiol. 2022;22(98) 

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In conclusion, the presence of obesity increases the risk for surgical and postsurgical complications; however, with proper collaborative efforts among medical disciplines, the occurrence of these complications can be reduced quite significantly. It is important preoperatively that certain assessments of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems be carried out. During surgery, proper positioning of the obese patient is very important in addition to the appropriate airway maintenance and fluid management. The choice of anesthetic agent, along with the route of administration is extremely important, as based on their properties, these agents can confer different complications both intra and postoperatively. More intense research is needed for the use of these anesthetic agents in emergency settings. Postoperatively, the necessary steps should be taken to ensure that the patient is fully recovered with limited complications.