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Knee Replacement in Obese People
A recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery says that obese people face more risks when it is matter of total knee replacement and have more chances of requiring a revision knee surgery than other patients.
Obesity and Osteoarthritis
It is a well known fact that one of the most common indications for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis.
Extra weight puts extra strain on the knee joint which causes osteoarthritis, which has no cure.. Osteoarthritis is caused by the inflammation and wearing down of cartilage in the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, with millions of people around the world suffering from it. Since it is a progressive disease, a lot of people eventually get to the point where knee replacement is the only solution left. Knee replacement, also known as Total Knee Replacement surgery is the procedure which involves resurfacing of the knee bones- femur, tibia and patella and the cartilage between them is replaced with an artificial devise known as implant or prosthesis. This acts as a cushion between the joints.
Knee replacement in Obese people
Orthopaedic surgeons across the world agree that the surgery itself is “technically more difficult” in obese people. Not only is the procedure difficult, obese people have found to have double the rate of infection than people of normal weight. The rate of infection is higher for both superficial and deep infections, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons.
Various studies also point to the fact that risk of corrective surgeries is almost two times in obese patients as compared to the normal weight patients. It is again because of the same reason. Extra weight puts extra stress on the replaced knee joint and causes fast wear and tear of the new joint, thus requiring a corrective or replacement surgery.
Experts however also add that obese people should not be dissuaded from undergoing the surgery. If an obese patient has problems with the knee joint and is affecting his or her activities of daily living, he should undergo knee replacement surgery keeping in mind the present benefits that it would give to the patient.
However, obese patient should be encouraged to lose weight, if possible before the surgery or definitely after the surgery so as to prolong the life of the replaced knee.
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