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What Obese Patients Should Say to Doctors

The New York Times—September 25, 2016

New York Times' writer Gina Kolata reports on the challenges patients with obesity face when undergoing surgeries, like a knee replacement.

In the article, Michael L. Parks, MD, a hip and knee surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, explains his experience with a patient living with constant pain from knee arthritis. The article notes, the patient "had seen an orthopedic surgeon, hoping to discuss knee replacement, but he dismissed her complaints, telling her she was too fat and should just go on a diet." Dr. Parks "agreed to operate since she had tried all other alternatives without success."

The article also suggests that referring patients to specialists who are trained to treat obese patients and promoting patient awareness is important.

To read the full article, visit NYTimes.com.


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