Obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, and diabetes mellitus: Anaesthetic implications

K. Candiotti, S. Sharma, R. Shankar

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Obesity is an epidemic in much of the Western World. The extent of this problem, combined with the increasing preference for ambulatory surgical procedures, has produced a difficult situation for many anaesthesiologists. Even the simplest anaesthetic procedures can become very complicated and potentially difficult in this population. Although there are numerous complications associated with obesity, perhaps obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and diabetes mellitus are among the more significant. Patients with OSA are often not ideal candidates for certain day-case procedures, but many outpatient procedures can be performed on patients with OSA as long as attention is paid to anaesthetic technique. Diabetic patients are prone to numerous complications in the perioperative period, including cardiac problems, but with careful management, they are able to undergo day-case surgical procedures safely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)i23-i30
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Anaesthesia day-case
  • Complications obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnoea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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