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Abstract The prevalence of obesity in the population is unlikely to decline, and is likely to contribute to the increasing demand for hip or knee arthroplasty. Conflicting data exist on the risk and benefits of total joint arthroplasty in obese patients. The purpose of this manuscript is to define and identify areas of concern for obese patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty. A workgroup of total joint arthroplasty surgeons from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) was tasked with identifying key questions regarding obesity and total joint arthroplasty. The workgroup evaluated the available literature and sought to create a review regarding obesity and total joint arthroplasty to complement and guide the surgeon-patient discussion in addition to identifying areas of future research. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Arthroplasty
and referenced in Journal of Arthritis