Obesity, especially extreme obesity, not only can be a contraindication for certain urologic surgeries, but it also can make operations more technically challenging.

Studies have shown that surgeries can take longer on obese patients than on non-obese patients. National surveys suggest that the prevalence of obesity is on the rise. Urologists are likely to have more and more very obese patients in their surgical caseload.

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