A University of Michigan Health System study found that obese patients are at a higher risk of suffering from post-op complications.
“Our study provides further evidence of the dangers of obesity as it relates to surgery,” says lead author Dr. Olumuyiwa A. Bamgbade, a visiting instructor at the university.
Researchers on this study analyzed complications of almost 7,000 patients. Out of these 7,000, over 2,200 were obese and almost 1,000 were morbidly obese. The results showed that the obese patients have a greater risk of heart attack, nerve injury, wound infection and urinary-tract infection.
The study also showed that the death rate among the morbidly obese was twice as high as other patients.