How Does Obesity Impact My Surgery?

Obesity can impact your surgery in several ways:

  • Increased Surgical Risks: Obesity increases the risk of complications during and after surgery, such as blood clots, infections, and respiratory problems. This is because excess weight puts additional strain on your organs, making it harder for them to function properly.
  • Longer Recovery Time: Obese individuals take longer to recover from surgery than non-obese individuals. The body has to work harder to heal wounds and repair tissue damage. Excess weight makes it difficult to move around and perform physical activities.
  • Increased Anesthesia Risks: Obesity affects how your body reacts to medications, which increases the risk of complications such as breathing problems and heart disease.
  • Technical Challenges During Surgery: Obesity makes it more difficult for the surgeon to position the patient, visualize the organs, and perform procedures.

It’s important to discuss your weight and any related health concerns with your surgeon before undergoing surgery. They can help you understand the risks and how to manage them.

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