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  1. 2022;6;307-310 Technical Aspects, Safety, and Efficacy of Kyphoplasty in a Morbidly Obese Patient
    Case Report
    Rinoo Vasant Shah, MD, Wade Anthony Wyckoff, MD, Mauricio Jonathon Portillo, MD, Rutvij J. Shah, MD, Sathyadev Kikkeri, DO, and Alan D. Kaye, 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