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Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery?
- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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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.
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