Obesity and Knee Replacement
Obesity Linked to Complications After Knee Replacement Surgery
If you choose to have knee replacement surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you a pre-surgery checklist. If you are overweight, that list may include losing a few pounds before your surgery.
A literature review published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) concluded that obese patients have a higher risk of complications after total knee replacement surgery. And because of these complications, they are more likely to require a second revision surgery later.
When patients with arthritis come to Adena, nonsurgical therapies are an important first step.
The JBJS article notes that obese patients have twice the infection rate as non-obese patients following a knee replacement surgery and that their long-term surgical revision rate is almost double as well.
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