Editor-in-Chief: Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, PhD
Background: Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide, with some estimates at a 40% rise in prevalence between 2000 and 2018. Recent data indicates that 42.2% of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity can increase morbidity and mortality as a consequence of complex physiologic changes, and as a result, has many consequences for health care delivery and management of these patients. Patients who are obese often need interventional pain procedures; however, perception of higher risk can lead to less opportunity for these often very needed procedures.
Case Report: The present case report reviews technical aspects, safety, and efficacy of successful kyphoplasty in a morbidly obese patient.
Discussion: This case helps expand the current knowledge base of kyphoplasty in the morbidly obese.
Conclusion: Morbidly obese patients, in general, should have access to kyphoplasty similar to normal body mass index patients.
Key words: Kyphoplasty, morbidly obese, obstructive sleep apnea, sedation, super-super obesity, vertebral fractures