Obese Patients Anticipating Hip or Knee Replacement Might Also Want To Consider Weight Loss Surgery

March 29, 2015 8:01 PM

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Obese Patients Anticipating Hip or Knee Replacement Might Also Want To Consider Weight Loss Surgery

A new study indicates that obese patients who need hip or knee replacement surgery may be best served by undergoing weight-loss surgery before replacing that joint.

“We know that bariatric surgery is a cost-effective intervention for morbid obesity,” explains study co-author Dr. Alexander McLawhorn. The chief orthopedic surgery resident at HSS continues, “Yet, the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery to achieve weight loss prior to joint replacement and thus...

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