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Volume 41, Issue 7
Publication date: January 1, 2016
Expiration date: January 1, 2019

Optimizing Gynecologic Surgery Outcomes in the Obese Patient
Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA (Moderator)
Professor and Vice Chair, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Amanda N. Fader, MD
Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology; Director, Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Susan C. Modesitt, MD
Professor of Gynecologic Oncology; Co-Director, High Risk Breast/Ovarian Cancer Clinic; Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology; Richard N. and Louise R. Crockett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the physician should be better able to:
1. Identify the terms used to define obesity.
2. Describe the relationship of obesity to cancer.
3. Discuss common medical complications and concerns with obese patients planning to have gynecologic surgery.
4. Explain how to optimize the operating room environment for the obese patient undergoing gynecologic surgery.
5. Describe approaches to successful open laparotomy or minimally invasive surgery in the obese patient undergoing gynecologic surgery.
6. Identify ways to minimize postoperative risks in obese patients who have had gynecologic surgery.

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