Bariatric surgery impacts joint replacement outcomes in very obese patients
Bariatric surgery performed prior to hip or knee replacement can reduce in-hospital and 90-day postoperative complications
A study from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that in morbidly obese patients, bariatric surgery performed prior to a total hip or knee replacement can reduce in-hospital and 90-day postoperative complications and improve patient health, but it does not reduce the risk of needing a revision surgery.
The study was presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting on March 14 in San Diego.
“With our data, I think we can say with confidence that bariatric surgery prior to total joint replacement is not a harmful recommendation,” said lead study author Alexander McLawhorn, MD, MBA, an assistant attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “As an orthopedic surgeon, you are not going to compromise your joint replacement outcome if you advise a morbidly obese patient to seek an opinion from a bariatric surgeon.”
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