Pediatric Urology

Impact of Body Mass Index on 30-day Postoperative Morbidity in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Undergoing Continent Urinary Tract Reconstruction - Beyond the Abstract

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic with a wide variety of consequences in public health. Its prevalence has significantly increased over the past 40 years and is currently 18.5% in children and adolescents between 2-19 years of age in the United States in 2015-2016.1 The association between obesity and surgical outcomes has become an area of interest with the recent initiatives to improve the quality and reduce the cost of surgical care. Obesity has been thought to increase the risk of complications and the need for additional resources due to the increased technical difficulty with surgery and frequent comorbid conditions.