Should the morbidly obese patient be allowed to leave the day of surgery?

Christopher J. Curatolo, Andrew Goldberg

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A patient with a body mass index (BMI) of 42 just underwent an uneventful hernia repair under sedation. She is a 34-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and anxiety. The post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) attending was discussing with his resident his plan to discharge the patient later that day when another attending, who overheard this, commented that it was not appropriate to discharge such a patient. Who is correct?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYou're Wrong, I'm Right
Subtitle of host publicationDueling Authors Reexamine Classic Teachings in Anesthesia
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319431697
ISBN (Print)9783319431673
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Ambulatory anesthesia
  • Morbid obesity
  • Postoperative care unit discharge criteria
  • Sleep apnea
  • Society for ambulatory anesthesia


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