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Does obesity increase the chance of complications with surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Obesity has been shown through countless studies to definitely increase risk of complications with surgery. Morbid obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular events and other complications in all types of surgery according to a recent study by the American Heart Association. Findings include that the physical exam and the electocardiogram underestimate cardiac dysfunction in obese patients. Also noted was the higher risk of bariatric surgery patients to have a serious cardiac complications. Conditions to watch for include: heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, deep venous throbosis, pulmonary embolus, and poor exercise capacity. 

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