Shoulder arthroplasty more costly in morbidly obese patients

  • July 30, 2014

Hospital costs, comorbidity rate and discharge destination are the primary differences in performing shoulder arthroplasty on morbidly obese patients, study results show.

Researchers compared 21 patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or greater who underwent primary reverse shoulder arthroplasty not related to fracture between 2003 and 2010 with 63 control patients with a BMI less than 30 kg/m2. Mean follow-up was 45 months and 48 months, respectively.

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