Knee replacement surgery is a type of treatment for severe osteoarthritis in the knee joint. The procedure involves replacing the damaged and degenerated joint with a high quality prosthetic implant. For most patients, this procedure is extremely effective in eliminating the painful symptoms of knee arthritis and restoring mobility and range of motion. However, during a recent review of a study related to knee replacement, researchers have found that obese patients may face significant obstacles when it comes to undergoing and living with the procedure. These excess risks that obese patients can face should be a consideration when determining the course of treatment. At Knee Surgery Center of Excellence, our award-winning surgeons will sit down with each patient to discuss all available treatment options for their individual case and what changes can be made to help ensure the success of the procedure.

Who is Eligible for Knee Replacement?

There are two main types of knee replacement – total knee replacement and partial knee replacement. The type of procedure performed in each case depends on the amount of damage and degeneration in the knee. Most patients will undergo a total or partial knee replacement when they suffer from severe arthritis in the joint. This can be the result of wear and tear with age, or due to an injury sustained to the knee. A replacement procedure is especially considered in cases that involve a drastic reduction of physical ability and use of the knee. Non-surgical, conservative treatments are often attempted before any surgical procedure is done. Only when conservative treatments like medication, therapy, or injections are ineffective will a knee replacement be advised. However, surgeons with patients that have certain risk factors like obesity may place limitations or give certain requirements to the patient before electing to perform the procedure, such as a weight goal.

Obesity and Knee Replacement

The review of found that obese patients faced additional risks when they had a knee replacement procedure. Such risks include a shorter life of the joint replacement, a greater chance of misalignment or implant failure, and more post-surgical complications. Obesity already puts people at risk for a number of health risks, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. This recent finding only adds to the list of possible implications.

Although they do realize the benefits of having the procedure, knee replacements do not last as long in obese patients. The study found that, at 7 years post-op, obese patients were much more likely to have an implant failure. This leads to a much higher rate of revisions in obese patients as well.

Any patients struggling with obesity that may need a knee replacement should speak with their doctor about managing their weight. A knee replacement can do wonders with eliminating pain and restoring the ability to participate in everyday activities. Obesity can only get in the way of these benefits.

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You no longer have to suffer through the pain of knee arthritis in Los Angeles. Our renowned team of surgeons offers the very best in partial and full knee replacement surgery . To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our online contact form.