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.
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
Anesthesiologists: Physicians providing the Lifeline of Modern Medicine TM. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with more than 50,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website at www.asahq.org.
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