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Obesity and Anaesthesia: Managing the risks

Obesity is becoming more prevalent in the UK. Recent UK government statistics suggest that 20% of adults are obese and 1% morbidly obese.1

The altered anatomy and physiology associated with obesity present specific challenges to anaesthesia.2,3 In this article we consider risks associated with obesity and anaesthesia and how to manage them.

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  • 3. SOBAUK (2015) Peri‐operative management of the obese surgical patient. Guideline Available at

  • 4. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2013) Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare procedures: standards and guidance. Available at