Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 314-321

Airway management in patients suffering from morbid obesity

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Prit Anand Singh
Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care, Changi General Hospital
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_90_22

Rights and Permissions

Obesity is no longer a disease of the affluent. The prevalence of obesity has risen at an exponential rate globally, with an increasing burden on healthcare resources. Perioperative management of patients with morbid obesity is known to be challenging, and this is particularly so in the management of their airway, a crucial procedure that requires meticulous planning and modifications. Anesthesiologists will expect to see more patients with obesity in their practice presenting for both bariatric and non-bariatric surgery, or even for emergency surgery. Hence, any generalist anesthesiologist should be confident in managing such a patient, with the appreciation that these patients often pose a significant challenge to the practice of anesthesia. This article describes different techniques and looks at the evidence for airway management in the morbidly obese. Other aspects of perioperative management of such patients are beyond the scope of this article.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded190    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal