Can an obese person have a hip replacement?
Summary: There’s good news for overweight people with painfully arthritic hips and knees: A new study finds that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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 painful is a hip replacement?
You can expect to experience some discomfort in the hip region itself, as well as groin pain and thigh pain. This is normal as your body adjusts to changes made to joints in that area. There can also be pain in the thigh and knee that is typically associated with a change in the length of your leg.
Does losing weight affect hip replacement?
Dr. Kirson: Studies have shown that as weight increases, hip pain increases. That’s why losing as little as 5% of your weight can significantly reverse inflammation and relieve hip pain. Some studies have shown that losing even one pound will take six pounds of force off your hip and help you find hip pain relief.
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.