Obesity does not impact outcomes for appendicitis

Daniel A. Deugarte, Rebecca Stark, Amy H. Kaji, Arezou Yaghoubian, A. M.Y. Tolan, Steven L. Lee

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Obesity has long been considered a risk factor for surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of obesity on outcomes after appendectomy. A retrospective study was performed using discharge abstract data obtained from patients with documented body mass index (BMI) undergoing appendectomy for appendicitis (n = 2919). Complications and length of stay for different BMI categories were compared. Obese patients (BMI > 30 kg/m 2) had similar rates of perforation (20%) and were as likely to undergo a laparoscopic approach (85%) as nonobese patients. On multivariable and univariate analysis, no significant differences were observed when comparing obese and nonobese patients for the outcomes of length of stay, infectious complications, and need for readmission. On multivariate analysis, laparoscopy predicted lower complication rates and decreased length of stay. In this study, obesity did not significantly impact rates of perforation, operative approach, length of stay, infectious complications, or readmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-257
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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