Guest Editorial: The Impact of Obesity in Lower Extremity Total Joint Arthroplasty

Abstract

Obesity complicates lower extremity joint reconstruction in numerous ways. In this special issue of Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal and a forthcoming issue, we will focus on the problems of obesity in the setting of first total hip arthroplasty and then total knee arthroplasty. We will examine the sources of complications associated with obese patients undergoing lower extremity joint replacement, and discuss current methods for preventing or mitigating these problems. Surgical techniques and preoperative management of these patients will also be described.

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