Rhabdomyolysis is a Potential Complication of Total Hip Arthroplasty in the Morbidly Obese

HSS Online First Article

Susan M. Goodman, MD
Susan M. Goodman, MD
Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Mark P. Figgie, MD
Mark P. Figgie, MD

Chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Douglas S.T. Green, MD
Stavros G. Memtsoudis, MD, PhD


Rhabdomyolysis (RML) can complicate prolonged surgery and may lead to renal failure and death. Obese patients are at high risk for this complication. This complication has been recently described in bariatric surgery and prolonged spine surgery, but it is not well recognized in patients undergoing THA. We present an obese patient (BMI = 50) who developed RML and acute kidney injury after a total hip arthroplasty.

This Online First Article was published December 2012.
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