How patient obesity can impact malpractice litigation
Obesity increases the risk of malpractice litigation in all types of medicine, and obesity related claims have jumped by more than 60% in the last 10 years, according to a July 10, 2014 article in Clinical Endocrinology News.

With regard to urology, it is documented that obesity is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer, renal cancer, nephrolithiasis, urinary tract infection, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, infertility, and incontinence. Aside from physiologic implications, performing surgery on an obese patient is technically more difficult and poses a higher risk for postoperative complications. The association between obesity and several urologic conditions may elucidate why malpractice claims might be more numerous with obese patients.