Critical care of the obese and bariatric surgical patient

Daniela Levi, Elliot R. Goodman, Mayank Patel, Yevgeny Savransky

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Abstract

Obesity is associated with a chronic inflammatory state that predisposes to atherogenesis, thrombogenesis, and carcinogenesis and may increase susceptibility to infections. Critically ill, obese patients have higher mortality. MOF is the best predictor of ICU mortality for obese patients. Pulmonary hypertension and higher BMI are associated with higher surgical risk. Progress in surgical technique and anesthesia has substantially improved the safety of performing operations in severely obese patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-32
Number of pages22
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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