Obesity may predispose patient to pulmonary
aspiration of gastric contents during induction of general anesthesia, suggesting that a
rapid sequence induction technique, when appropriate, may be indicated. The functional
residual capacity may be compromised and postoperative ventilatory support required.
Chronic hypertension may result in labile blood pressure control during anesthesia.
Vascular access may be difficult as a result of obesity and subcutaneous tissue alterations.