Surgery in the Obese Pregnant Patient

Tahmina Karimyar, Leonardo Pereira

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This chapter reviews issues which complicate surgery in obese pregnant patients. Maternal obesity is prevalent in the United States and is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes. When surgery is indicated during pregnancy, the presence of maternal obesity increases surgical risks for both the fetus and mother. Specific risks are identified and strategies to avoid them are evaluated. The prognosis and management of pregnant women who have undergone bariatric surgery is also discussed, and practical guidelines for obstetric management of these patients are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-428
Number of pages13
JournalClinical obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • bariatric surgery
  • obesity
  • pregnancy
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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