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Old 03-05-2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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Obesity and surgery

Im undergoing general anaesthetic for an op next week, and im very obese (21st.

Im very worried that Im going to die or something.

Does anyone know the chances of anything going wrong when you are obese?

 
Old 03-05-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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Re: Obesity and surgery

Samantha-

I don't know the statistic, but I am obese and have gone under 5 times for different surgeries. I'm 5 for 5 on waking up.

They should have or will be performing pre-operative tests to see if any potential problems may occur during surgery. I remember blood work, a chest xray and a stress test.

I would speak with your anesthesioligist and let them know about your concerns. I'm sure they will know the numbers that you are looking for now.

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Old 03-06-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
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Re: Obesity and surgery

i think im just obsessing over it really, mainly becuase im really scared.

im sure itll be ok

 
Old 03-06-2007, 06:25 AM   #4
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Hi there,
I totally agree with WB. I, also am obese and have never had a problem with being put to sleep or waking up. I expressed my concern to dr. with my last surgery in April, 2006, he had no concerns, so that made me feel a lot better. If they thought there might be a problem, I am certain they would let you know. Try not to worry!
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Re: Obesity and surgery

im trying not to. its just got a little boy and he doesnt have a dad. i dont want to leave him. i know im being silly and this is ultimatley going to improve things for everyone - inc him. just scared thats all

 
Old 03-06-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Re: Obesity and surgery

Hi there again,
It is not silly, it is an understandable fear. I'm sure the thought crosses everyones' mind. I know it did mine. I will say a prayer for you that the fear will leave and you will have a safe, uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery. Have a good day!
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:04 AM   #7
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Re: Obesity and surgery

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Hi there again,
It is not silly, it is an understandable fear. I'm sure the thought crosses everyones' mind. I know it did mine. I will say a prayer for you that the fear will leave and you will have a safe, uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery. Have a good day!
SweetThing
awww bless you - thank you

xx

 
Old 04-20-2007, 12:46 AM   #8
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I don't think there should be a problem. I've been put to sleep numerous times, and my weight is over 300. Good luck.

 
Old 07-07-2007, 11:22 AM   #9
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you ladies have put my mind at rest im due to have surgery in a couple of weeks

 
Old 07-07-2007, 12:26 PM   #10
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Re: Obesity and surgery

I'm sure your anesthesiologist has been briefed on how to handle your body weight--but if you want to talk to him/her, you could ask to do so. Plenty of people do exactly that. If you think there are things s/he's not considering, why not ask to be referred to a specialist who handles high-risk anesthesia? They exist; and while yours isn't a huge risk, surely they have procedures to deal with a high body weight.

 
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