Anesthetic Management of the Obese Surgical Patient

Anesthetic management of the obese surgical patientBy

  • Jay B. Brodsky Professor of Anesthesia, Vice-Chair (Clinical), Stanford University School of Medicine, and Medical Director, Perioperative Services, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, USA.
  • Hendrikus J. M. Lemmens Professor of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.

The global obesity epidemic is growing in severity, affecting people of every age and costing healthcare providers millions of dollars every year. Every day, anesthesiologists are presented with obese and morbidly obese patients undergoing every type of surgical procedure; the management of these patients differs significantly from that of normal weight patients undergoing the same procedure. Anesthetic Management of the Obese Surgical Patient discusses these specific management issues within each surgical specialty area. Initial chapters describe pre-operative assessment and pharmacology; these are followed by detailed chapters on the anesthetic management of a wide variety of surgical procedures, from joint replacement to open heart surgery. Essential reading for anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists worldwide, Anesthetic Management of the Obese Surgical Patient and its companion work by the same authors, Morbid Obesity: Peri-operative Management, enable both trainees and practised professionals to manage this complex patient group effectively.

  • Gives all anesthesia care providers a background on the essential issues to consider when managing extremely obese patients
  • Anesthetic management is organized according to surgical specialty allowing readers to easily access the most relevant content for their role
  • Complements Morbid Obesity: Peri-operative Management but with a specific focus on the anesthetic considerations in a wide range of surgical procedures


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