A new study has found that obese patients face an increased risk for complications related to total knee replacement in Fort Lauderdale. The review, published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, sheds new light on the challenges of treating osteoarthritis symptoms in overweight individuals.
As we already discussed in a previous blog, obesity is a well-documented risk factor for the development of osteoarthritis. Consequently, the rate of joint replacements in obese individuals has increased in the past several decades. However, these procedures “can technically be more difficult in obese people,” said the study’s lead author, Gino M.M.J. Kerkhoffs, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam. Findings of Kerkhoffs and his team include:
1. Obese patients have double the rate of infection following total knee replacement surgery compared to non-obese patients.
2. Obese patients’ rate of infection is higher for both superficial and deep infections.
3. The long-term surgical revision rate for obese patients is nearly double that for non-obese patients.
Rather than dissuading overweight patients from seeking knee replacement surgery, the physicians of Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine encourage weight loss prior to surgery, with the help of medical weight-loss professionals if necessary. In addition to lessening the risk of complications, weight loss can also lessen some patients’ osteoarthritis symptoms. We also educate each patient about the probability of complications following their total knee replacement.
For more information about this topic, or to schedule a consultation, call Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today at (954) 400-5544. Our entire team is committed to providing top-quality orthopaedic care that is compassionate, understanding and respectful.