Should Orthopedic Surgeons Recommend Weight loss Prior to a Knee Replacement?

Should Orthopedic Surgeons Recommend Weight loss Prior to a Knee Replacement?

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) says “yes.” Obesity is linked to more than 60 medical conditions, results in $215 billion in increased medical costs per year and increases the complication rates following orthopedic surgery, including total knee replacements. For every 10 pounds the patient loses, 50 pounds of force is reduced on the knees. This has a great impact on a patient’s knee pain. In 2010, 72 million Americans were obese and one in three children is obese. With staggering statistics and obesity in epidemic numbers, AAOS discussed “Obesity, Orthopedics and Outcomes” in their March meeting in Chicago and will release their findings in several reports over the next few months. Read the announcement in News Medical Today.

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