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Peri-operative management of the obese surgical patient

Summary

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 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Pre-operative preparation 
  • Intra-operative and postoperative care 
  • Special circumstances