Bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely overweight patients, research demonstrates. It is well-known that obesity takes a toll on one’s health. Bariatric surgery and subsequent weight loss reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. But before now, the effect of bariatric surgery on joint replacement outcomes was not known.
The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. One HSS study looks at the costs and benefits of weight-loss surgery prior to knee replacement, and the other analyzes the costs and benefits before hip replacement.
Source: Science Daily