Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Obesity and Joint Replacement

Obesity Cited in Growth of Joint Replacement Surgery in Younger Patients

April 15, 2008 - By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

In 1997, about 60.2% of primary hip replacements and 69.1% of primary knee replacements were performed in patients ages 65 to 84, Sunny Kim, Ph.D., of Florida International University here, reported in the April 15 issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Dr. Kim noted that more joint replacements in a younger and heavier population will likely increase the need for revisions with lengthier operative times, longer hospital stays, and higher complication rates than primary replacements.

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