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Weight Loss Surgery Is Best Done Before Joint Replacement

Elements4Health—April 2, 2015

Elements4Health reports that two new studies at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) indicate that bariatric surgery before joint replacement is a cost-effective option for improving outcomes after hip or knee replacement.


"Up to 50 percent of hip replacements are performed in obese patients at some institutions," said Emily Dodwell, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at HSS and lead investigator. "Obesity is associated with longer hospital stays, higher overall costs and higher failure rates, necessitating costly revision surgery."

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