Recent Blog Articles
Postpartum anxiety is invisible, but common and treatable
Right-sizing opioid prescriptions after surgery
Ready for your routine medical checkup?
Nicotine addiction explained — and how medications can help
Is your vision impaired? Tips to cope
Misgendering: What it is and why it matters
Healthy brain, healthier heart?
Stories connect us
Wondering about a headline-grabbing drug? Read on
Respiratory virus cases tick upward: What parents should know
Harvard Health Blog
Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery?
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.
Very interesting. I would think the more mobile a person is the better chance they have at life. if weight loss prior to surgery is to reduce the risk of the surgery then this has to considered but in the event the weight does not come off then to not operate would leave the person not only in pain but immobile as well and possibly feeling depressed . There seems to be a psychological aspect as well as life style that perhaps needs to be addressed in any event.
I’d agree with those findings: a friend gained weight in middle age (was overweight, unsure if her BMI ever placed her in obese category) because of a chronic illness that made difficult for her to exercise. Eventually her knees deteriorated to the point where she used a wheelchair for part of her day. Since she’s had both knees replaced and did the hard work of rehab afterwards, she’s able to climb up & down stairs, something she had great difficulty (did not do) for a number of years. She has also lost weight (although primarily due to another health issue, she doesn’t feel much hunger as a result of that health issue and its treatment).
Her life has improved as a result of knee replacement.
Great write-up! Thank you for the post.
Commenting has been closed for this post.
You might also be interested in…
Knees and Hips: A troubleshooting guide to knee and hip pain
Do your knees or hips hurt? Most people will at some point have knee or hip pain because these large joints have a demanding task: they must bear the full weight of your body while at the same time allowing for a wide range of motion. Wear and tear, injury, and simple genetic predisposition can all contribute to knee or hip pain. This Special Health Report, Knees and Hips: A troubleshooting guide to knee and hip pain, covers a wide range of knee and hip conditions and describes in detail treatments, preventive strategies, and surgeries.