Obesity Increases Infection Risk after Colon Surgery

Obese patients face a significantly higher risk of contracting infections after undergoing colon surgery, reveals a recent study. The research analyzed 7,020 patients among whom 1,243 were obese.

In obese patients, the infection rate was 14.5%, compared to 9.5% in normal patients. The researchers say obesity increases the risk of infections by about 60%.

Obese patients also have to pay more for colectomy and surgical site infections drastically increase the cost of the operation. Those with infections also have to stay longer in hospital and their rate of readmission is also much higher. The Archives of Surgery published this study in its May issue.

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