According to Medical Express, overweight and obese patients that choose to undergo plastic surgery procedures are 35 percent more likely to have an emergency department visit or hospital admission within 30 days of the surgery.
Of 48,000 adult patients that underwent common plastic surgery procedures, 4 percent were classified as obese, based on body mass index. Some of these common procedures include a tummy tuck, breast reduction and liposuction.
The obese patients were more likely to suffer from other types of medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The study found that 7.3 percent of the obese patients made an emergency department visit or were admitted to a hospital, compared to only about 4 percent of non-obese patients.
For obese patients, regular risk combined with other medical conditions made risk of serious adverse effects 72 percent higher for obese patients.
“It is important to educate overweight and obese patients regarding their risk of complications,” the study said.
Oftentimes complications associated with elective surgical procedures are not covered by insurance. Obese patients are more likely to be left with both the medical bills associated with their surgery and bills associated with any complications that occur and require a hospital stay.
Obese patients with three or more health issues that underwent “tummy tuck” procedures had the highest rate of hospital visits. These hospital visits resulted in more than $7,000 in additional hospital visit and surgery fees.
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration before a plastic surgery procedure is decided upon. These factors include overall heath and wellness, previous procedures, emotional state and desired outcomes.
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