Can you be too fat for a hip replacement?
A new study suggests that being obese should not preclude joint replacement. Researchers analyzed the results of more than 5,000 people having hip or knee replacement surgery, comparing pain and function before and six months after surgery.
Do you have to lose weight to get a hip replacement?
While obesity does increase the risk of early complications after knee or hip replacement, obesity itself should not prevent patients from having the surgery, the researchers concluded. “Our data shows it’s not necessary to ask patients to lose weight prior to surgery,” Li said.
Is there a BMI limit for hip replacement surgery?
Having a BMI of 30 or greater may prevent a surgeon from scheduling surgery. However, there is no hard and fast rule. If you fall into the “overweight” category, losing extra weight is always recommended, but may not be required by your healthcare provider.
What does my BMI need to be for hip replacement?
Patients with a BMI >35 are 2.2x more likely to have complications. Patients with a BMI >40 are 3.7x more likely. And, patients with a BMI >50 are 21x more likely to have complications.
Why can’t obese people get surgery?
One of the biggest concerns is that being overweight makes you more likely to have a condition called sleep apnea, which causes you to temporarily stop breathing while you sleep. This can make anesthesia riskier, especially general anesthesia, which causes you to lose consciousness.
Can an obese person have a knee replacement?
Total knee replacement is safe and reasonably effective in the morbidly obese. However, the results are not comparable with those achieved in nonobese patients, and knee replacement should not be expected to facilitate weight loss.
What is the average age for hip replacement?
The Arthritis Foundation reports that most people who undergo hip replacement surgery are between ages 50 and 80. Even if you aren’t in that age range, a hip replacement can still be a safe and life-changing surgery for people far younger and for people in their 90s.
How can I lose weight with bad hips?
Exercise: There are still low-impact exercises that you can do. Water Aerobics: Performing exercises in a pool will take the weight of your joints while improving cardiovascular fitness and burn a lot of calories in process. Swimming: Another great water therapy to lose weight while protecting your joints.