Some Fla. ob-gyns refuse obese patients

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Some South Florida obstetrics-gynecology physicians say they are refusing healthy patients who are obese or very overweight because they riskier to treat.

A poll of 105 obstetrics-gynecology practices by the South Florida Sun Sentinel indicates 15 have some type of weight cutoff for new patients -- some start at 200 pounds, some 250 pounds.

Some of the doctors say they fear for their exam tables or other equipment, but others say they are trying to avoid higher complication rates.

... "There's more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in [gynecology] surgeries and in [pregnancies]." ...