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Total Hip Complications Are More Common In Obese Women

A study published in the Spring of 2007 in a very respected arthritis journal examined the effects of obesity on the outcome of total hip arthroplasty patients.

Thousands of patients were studied at a single hospital over nearly ten years and researchers found that the risk of complications including infections and dislocations were much greater for women than men.

Known risk factors for obese patients such as longer operating time and diabetes were not related to the women and do not explain the difference in outcome.

It is suggested that counseling female patients on the increased possibility of complications and encouraging weight loss prior to surgery is very important.