Postoperative complications after thoracic surgery in the morbidly obese patient

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Abstract

Little has been recently published about specific postoperative complications following thoracic surgery in the morbidly obese patient. Greater numbers of patients who are obese, morbidly obese, or supermorbidly obese are undergoing surgical procedures. Postoperative complications after thoracic surgery in these patients that can lead to increased morbidity and mortality, prolonged hospital stay, and increased cost of care are considered. Complications include difficulties with mask ventilation and securing the airway, obstructive sleep apnea with risk of oversedation, pulmonary complications related to reduced total lung capacity, reduced functional residual capacity, and reduced vital capacity, risks of aspiration pneumonitis and ventilator-associated pneumonia, cardiomyopathies, and atrial fibrillation, inadequate diabetes management, positioning injuries, increased risk of venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. The type of thoracic surgical procedure may also pose other problems to consider during the postoperative period. Obese patients undergoing thoracic surgery pose a challenge to those caring for them. Those working with these patients must understand how to recognize, prevent, and manage these postoperative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number865634
JournalAnesthesiology Research and Practice
Volume2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgical Procedures
Total Lung Capacity
Functional Residual Capacity
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Vital Capacity
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Masks
Cardiomyopathies
Pulmonary Embolism
Postoperative Period
Venous Thrombosis
Atrial Fibrillation
Length of Stay
Pneumonia
Morbidity
Costs and Cost Analysis
Lung
Mortality
Wounds and Injuries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Postoperative complications after thoracic surgery in the morbidly obese patient. / Cooper, Raymond.

In: Anesthesiology Research and Practice, Vol. 2011, 865634, 01.12.2011.

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