Risk factors linked to surgery

The type of surgery performed has an enormous influence on the rate of postoperative atelectasis. Upper abdominal and thoracic surgery are associated with a higher rate of respiratory complications than other types of surgery such as peripheral surgery. The type of incision also plays a role; transverse or subcostal incisions cause a postoperative restrictive syndrome that is less severe than that with median incisions. However, other studies have shown contradictory results for respiratory complications. Although the duration of anesthesia is implicitly linked to the type of surgery (with major surgery lasting longer), it is also a factor that favors postoperative respiratory complications including atelectasis.

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