Surgical Approach & SSI Outcomes for Obese Patients


Across general abdominal surgical procedures among obese patients, laparoscopic surgery appears to reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) by 70% to 80%, when compared with open surgery. A meta-analysis of 44 studies found an odds ratio of 0.19 for SSIs after laparoscopic surgery when compared with open surgeries.

Abstract: Annals of Surgery, December 2012.

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