Obese Patients At Higher Risk Of Plastic Surgical Complications

Are you obese and considering plastic surgery? Be warned that a new research has indicted that obese people undergoing plastic surgery are nearly 12 times more likely to develop complications than people of normal weight. This finding by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was reported in the journal  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Marty Makary, leader of the research team, said:  “Operations on obese patients are more taxing. These surgeries take usually take longer, the operating fields are deeper, the spaces in which an infection can set in are often greater and blood flow in fat tissue is less than in other types of tissue, which results in slower healing,” In the study, Dr. Makary and his colleagues analysed insurance claims data by patients who underwent breast procedures covered by insurance from 2002 to 2006.  More than 2,400 patients were obese; 5,597 patients, of normal weight. The most common procedure was breast reduction, followed by breast reconstruction, augmentation and breast lift.  Within 30 days of surgery, 18.3 percent of the obese group experienced at least one complication, compared to 2.2 percent of patients of normal weight.

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