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Vol 3, No 2 (2001)
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Obesity and operative treatment

Barbara Zahorska-Markiewicz, Zbigniew Mucha
Chirurgia Polska 2001;3(2):79-84.


Obesity is associated with increased frequency of diseases and presents a surgical risk factor. Therefore, every surgical intervention should follow correct preoperative management. The operation care involves some specific problems for an anaesthesiologist and a surgeon. When recommending drug dosages, the influence of the greater adipose tissue content on pharmacokinetics should be considered. The most frequent postoperative complications observed in obese patients include respiratory complications, wound infection, venous thrombus and pulmonary embolism.

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