Relationship of obesity to postoperative complications after cholecystectomy

The American Journal of Surgery (Impact Factor: 2.41). 02/1971; 121(1):87-90. DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(71)90081-X
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ABSTRACT A study of 400 patients undergoing cholecystectomy between 1965 and 1969 was undertaken to determine the incidence of complications in obese and nonobese patients. The average complication rate is 42 per cent for female patients weighing less than 175 and 31 per cent for those over 175 pounds. Male patients weighing under 200 have a complication rate of 36 per cent compared to 28 per cent for those more than 200 pounds. There were no patients over 200 pounds who had postoperative cardiac arrhythmias, thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolus, myocardial infarction, or stress ulcers, whereas several patients in each of the lower weight groups had two or more of these problems. Although obese patients present difficult technical problems, these results demonstrate that obesity per se is not associated with a higher postoperative morbidity or mortality in patients undergoing cholecystectomy.

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    • "Postoperative pulmonary complication rate (%) Study Year Type of surgery Number of obese patients/ total number of patients Mean age (y) Definition of obesity Obese Non-obese Unadjusted relative risk Wightman [58] 1968 Noncardiac 149/785 NA NA 11 5 2.2 Pemberton [72] 1971 Cholecystectomy 66/400 NA a 11 20 0.6 Garibaldi [41] 1981 Thoracic and abdominal 62/520 NA >200 lb 23 18 1.3 Poe [60] 1988 Cholecystectomy 52/209 NA >120% ideal wt 12 16 0.8 Hall [17] 1991 Laparotomy 102/1000 54 BMI > 25 27 23 1.2 Calligaro [63] 1993 Aortic 26/128 68 >125% ideal wt 27 17 1.6 Phillips [73] 1994 Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 179/841 50 BMI > 30 0 0.5 0.0 Moulton [74] 1996 Cardiac 567/2299 62 BMI > 30 19 23 0.8 Thomas [32] 1997 Noncardiac 528/2964 67 BMI > 30 1.9 1.8 1.1 Brooks-Brunn [67] 1997 Abdominal 181/400 53 BMI > 27 29 17 1.7 Ranucci [75] 1999 CABG 116/345 63 BMI > 30 b 28 13 2.2 Perka [76] 2000 Total hip arthroplasty 120/229 65 BMI > 25 4 3 1.3 Benoist [77] 2000 Colectomy 158/584 65 BMI > 27 0.5 5.4 0.1 Total 2306/10,704 12 9 1.3 a males: >200 lb, females: >175 lb b Females: BMI > 28.6 "
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