Higher complication rates and worse outcome following spinal surgery in obese individuals
Does obesity affect the surgical outcome and complication rates of spinal surgery? A meta-analysisClin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Mar;472(3):968-75. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-3346-3
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32 studies (8 prospective, 24 retrospective; n=97,326) were included in this meta-analysis examining the effect of obesity on complication rates, mortality, revision rates, operative time and blood loss. Meta-analysis of level I/II studies revealed higher surgical site infection rate, higher risk of venous thromboembolism, higher revision rate, longer operative times, and greater postoperative blo...
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