BMI And Infections Following Open GI SurgeryFriday, February 26, 2016
However, just how high this risk is remains unclear.
Now a paper by Yunhong Liu and colleagues, in a paper published in the American Journal of Infection Control, looks at mortality and infection outcomes in patients with obesity undergoing open gastro-intestinal surgery.
The researchers performed a meta-analysis of data from 11 articles with over 50,000 patients.
Overall, compared to┬ápatients with normal BMIs, those with high BMIs did not appear to be at increased risk of ┬ámortality.
However, there was ┬á30% increased risk for infections, especially due to a 75% increased risk of surgical site infections and a 20% increased risk of pulmonary infections.
These data clearly call for more caution and possibly better infection prophylaxis in patients with higher BMI undergoing open abdominal surgery.