There's an increased recognition that obese patients present a different set of challenges and require specific peri-operative care compared with non-obese patients. These guidelines are intended to inform anaesthetists about best practice management of obese surgical patients throughout the peri-operative period, as members of a multidisciplinary team.
These guidelines cover but are not limited to:
- Pathophysiology of obesity
- Pre-operative preparation
- Intra-operative and postoperative care
- Special circumstances