Abdominal Surgery in the Morbidly Obese Patient

Ashley Parker, Deborah L. Conway

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPregnancy in the Obese Woman
Subtitle of host publicationClinical Management
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781405196482
StatePublished - Feb 18 2011


  • Abdominal surgery - in morbidly obese patients
  • Abdominal wall anatomy, in morbidly obese patients - quite distorted
  • Cesarean delivery, and increased maternal risk - compared to vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean incisions, and wound hematomas and seromas - frequency in obese patients
  • Closure of fascia, carefully done in obese woman - preventing incisional hernia
  • Failed endotracheal intubation for general anesthesia - risks in obese, excessive tissue and thick neck circumference
  • Morbidly obese patients, and infectious complications - hypertensive disorders and diabetes mellitus
  • Obese patients, and cesarean section via Pfannenstiel skin incisions - and absence of postoperative wound infection or major complications
  • Obese patients, increased volume of distribution - medications in higher doses
  • Regional anesthesia, hampering the morbidly obese - inability in palpating landmarks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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