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Obesity and anesthesia management

Guest Editors:
Issam Tanoubi: Université de Montréal, Canada
Manuel Ángel Gómez-Ríos: Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, Spain
Sarah Saxena: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

BMC Anesthesiology called for submissions of research to highlight anesthesiologists’ efforts to improve the management of obese patients in recent years. Obesity, as globally prevalent condition which greatly affects the management and safety of anesthesia administration, must be studied further to ensure effetive and safe practice.  

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Manuel Ángel Gómez-Ríos: Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, Spain

Dr Manuel Ángel Gómez-Ríos MD, PhD, earned his Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is a Consultant Anesthesiologist of Spain, author of several publications indexed on Pubmed, member of the Editorial Board and peer-reviewer of several international journals. His research experience covers 15 years in tertiary care centers. His 100 peer-reviewed international publications covered many areas of clinical research. He is head of the research group "Anesthesiology and pain management". His main research interests focus on clinical trials, difficult airways, clinical monitoring, postoperative acute pain, and perioperative medicine.

Sarah Saxena: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Sarah Saxena is a dynamic, young anesthesiologist associated with the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She is highly active in perioperative neurocognitive research, a subject she recently presented her PHD thesis in. Sarah has a particular interest in investigating preventative and therapeutic strategies to mitigate perioperative neurocognitive disorders. On a personal level, Sarah is actively involved in improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in anesthesiology.

Issam Tanoubi: Université de Montréal, Canada
Dr. Tanoubi is an Anesthesiologist at Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital in Montreal and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Université de Montréal (UdeM). He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of McGill Simulation Center and attended the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop at the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS, Harvard, Boston). Following his simulation-based training, Dr. Tanoubi’s research interests began to shift. Dr. Tanoubi was already involved in clinical research and research-methodologies development, specifically in airway management and obesity. One year after his instructor’s debut at UdeM, about ten years ago, thanks to his involvement in simulation and his master’s degree in medical education, he added simulation-based medical education to his research field. Dr. Tanoubi is interested in patient safety, CRM components, medical expertise, and eye-tracking. He also co-directed several simulation-based workshops on emotional intelligence (EI) and interprofessional communication.

About the collection

Morbid obesity is a metabolic disorder with a patient’s body mass index over 35 kg/m2. In morbidly obese patients, when compared with healthy individuals, a 20%-50% decrease in tidal volume and a 40% increase in respiratory rate have been observed. In addition, such patients frequently exhibit several comorbidities such as type II diabetes mellitus, obesity-induced hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiac disease, etc. The anesthesia management of obese patients needs to consider obesity conditions and obesity-induced co-morbidities. It represents a real challenge for the anesthesiologist in several aspects, such as ventilation and intubation, vascular access, patients’ intraoperative positioning, and drug dose regimens.

To recognize the anesthesiologists’ efforts to improve the management of obese patients in recent years, we have decided to launch a BMC Anesthesiology collection, “Obesity and anesthesia management.”

We invite submissions from all aspects of this developing field including, but not limited to:

  • non-opioid pain management for obese patients
  • perioperative airway management and deventilation syndrome in morbidly obese patients
  • vascular access
  • drug dose regiments
  • preoperative evaluation and anesthesia care plan
  • sleep and the obese patient
  • delirium and the obese patient
  1. Transversus abdominis plane block (TAPB) guided by laparoscopy and ultrasound showed promise in enhancing the multimodal analgesic approach following several abdominal procedures. This study aimed to compare t...

    Authors: Mohammad Fouad Algyar and Karim Sabry Abdelsamee
    Citation: BMC Anesthesiology 2024 24:133
  2. By continually monitoring end-tidal carbon dioxide concentrations, capnography can detect abnormal ventilation or apnoea early. This randomized, controlled study explored the effect of early intervention with ...

    Authors: Yingjie Wang, Fang Liu, Yuan Zhang, Xiaomei Yang and Jianbo Wu
    Citation: BMC Anesthesiology 2023 23:188
  3. Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common but troublesome complication in patients who undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery (LBS). Whether sugammadex use is related to the persistent decrease in t...

    Authors: Xiahao Ding, Xiaozhong Zhu, Cuimei Zhao, Dapeng Chen, Yuting Wang, Hui Liang and Bo Gui
    Citation: BMC Anesthesiology 2023 23:163
  4. Bariatric surgery depends on the development of novel anesthetic techniques to reduce the incidence of complications and improve postoperative outcomes. Ketamine and dexmedetomidine have been used for perioper...

    Authors: Belal Nabil Mahfouz Khalil, Maha Sadek Hussein Elderh, Mohamed Abdel Rasoul Khaja, Ahmed Nagah El-Shaer, Bahaa El-Din Ewees Hassan Ali and Mohamed Osman Awad Taeimah
    Citation: BMC Anesthesiology 2023 23:108