Weight No More: a Patient and Family Centered Approach for Patients with Arthritis and Obesity
It’s not uncommon, when we seek treatment for a health issue, to find that co-existing health issues may impact our treatment plan. A good example is hip and knee arthritis and obesity. The medical literature links obesity with additional wear and tear on joints which increases the likelihood of needing total joint replacement (TJR). At the same time, obesity can significantly complicate the surgical procedure itself, as well as compromise outcomes. Complications include difficulty with anesthesia, infection, wound problems, blood clots, and so on.