A weighty problem: Trauma treatment for obese patients

By Mary Ann Porucznik

61 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese—and they present a growing problem in emergency departments across the country

Obesity—defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30—is presenting problems for orthopaedic trauma surgeons across the country. Based on their size alone, obese patients require different treatment, whether in imaging the injury or positioning the patient on an operating room table, according to a series of papers presented during the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Specialty Day.

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