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Challenges of morbid obesity in gynecological practice

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submitted on 2023-09-24, 05:31 and posted on 2023-09-26, 04:52 authored by Albert A. Opoku, Richard Adedamola Onifade, Olusegun A. Odukoya

Obesity is currently a global pandemic, with increasing trends worldwide. Data from the WHO, US CDC, and the UK show an increasing trend, with 50% and 25% of the US population expected to be obese and morbidly obese by 2030. Obesity affects several aspects of health, with increased risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and several malignancies.

Morbid obesity significantly impacts several aspects of female life and health, from adolescence, through the reproductive years, to the postmenopausal age group. In gynecology, there is a higher prevalence of menstrual disorders and infertility and reduced success rates of assisted reproduction; increased risk of miscarriage; pelvic organ prolapse; and endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancers. Surgery in the patient with morbid obesity is associated with several logistical challenges as well as increased surgical and peri-operative risks and increased cost.

In this review, we provide an overview of the current literature, with a focus on challenges of morbid obesity in gynecological practice.

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Published in: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2023.102379

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Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library

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  • English

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Elsevier

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  • 2023

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Al Wakra Hospital - HMC
  • Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

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