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Despite risks, orthopedic surgery offers obese patients improvements in pain, function

October 31, 2014

Although patients who are obese have an increased risk of complications after undergoing orthopedic surgical interventions, surgery offers improvements in pain and function, according to a literature review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

“Obesity can accompany a multitude of comorbidities that can have a significant impact on a patient’s outcome from elective orthopedic surgery,” author William M. Mihalko, MD, PhD, said in a press release about the review. “Although no upper weight limits have been established that would contraindicate elective orthopedic surgery, every surgeon must understand the unique risks an obese patient faces and understand how to optimize and treat each of these patients on an individual basis.”

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