High BMI Increases Risk of Complication for Lumbar Surgery Patients

Multiple complications, longer operating times are of particular concern

Peter Pollack

Patients with high body mass index (BMI) who undergo lumbar spinal surgery have more postoperative complications than non-obese individuals,” said Rafael A. Buerba, a researcher and MD/MHS candidate at Yale University School of Medicine. Speaking to members of the North American Spine Society during their 2013 annual meeting, he continued, “Complication rates appear to increase substantially for patients who have a BMI greater than 40 kg/m2 (obesity class III).”

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