Anesthesiology and Weight-Loss Surgery

The decision to have weight-loss surgery should be made with careful consideration and investigation. In order to be considered for the surgery, patients must have a BMI of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 or more with obesity related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and/or sleep apnea. The issues facing obese patients during surgery pertain to bariatric procedures as well, so patients must have a thorough exam for risk factors prior to surgery.

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Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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