Undergoing anesthesia is twice as dangerous for obese people compared to those who do not suffer from obesity, a new study published in the British Journal of Anesthesia reveals.
The researchers also warned that the risk increased with increasing weight and said that the risk was four times higher for severely obese people.
Such people who develop some serious airway complications when under anesthesia, the researchers added. The study is to be presented at the Royal College of Anesthetists (RCoA) on Wednesday.
Lead researcher Dr. Nick Woodall said that the study was important for both the patients as well as the anesthetists. "We hope our findings will encourage anesthetists to recognize these risks and choose anesthetic techniques with a lower risk, such as regional anesthesia, where possible, and also prepare for airway difficulties when anesthetizing obese patients", he added.