Weight Loss Sparks Joint Replacement Success
Published: March 31, 2014
Encouraging patients to lose weight following their joint replacement surgeries can lead to much better outcomes, a new study suggests.
Investigators who reviewed the BMIs of nearly 7,000 patients in the 2 years after their surgeries found that most remained at the same weight levels, but that those who lost weight after knee replacement surgery suffered less pain, enjoyed better function and exhibited higher activity levels than those who maintained or gained weight. Weight gain also led to poorer outcomes for hip replacement patients.
"We should convey to our patients the importance of maintaining good health and an appropriate weight, and we should help them in any way we can," says the study's senior investigator, Geoffrey Westrich, MD, research director of the adult reconstruction and joint replacement service at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery.
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