Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-81

Airway management in patients with obesity

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, USA

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Tiffany S Moon
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, Texas - 75390
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_351_21

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Airway management in patients with obesity remains a complex and evolving topic that is becoming more pertinent given the increasing prevalence of obesity and bariatric surgery worldwide. Obesity is associated with increased morbidity and mortality secondary to anesthetic complications, especially related to airway management. Preoperative assessment is especially vital for the bariatric patient so that potential predictors for a difficult airway can be identified. There are several airway management strategies and techniques for the bariatric population that may help reduce postoperative pulmonary complications. This review aims to discuss assessment of the airway, ideal patient positioning, intubation techniques and devices, apneic oxygenation, optimal ventilation strategies, and extubation and post-anesthesia care.

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