Pearls and pitfalls: Orthopaedics and obesity

By Annie Hayashi

Techniques, instrumentation, and surgical planning are “weighty” issues

Obese patients, particularly those who are morbidly obese, present a dilemma for many orthopaedic surgeons. From equipment and instrumentation to the surgical approach, orthopaedic surgeons have to make significant adjustments when treating the obese (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or more) (Table 1).

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