Timing of bariatric surgery does not reduce risks for TKA patients

By Maureen Leahy

Small study finds no optimal timing between the two procedures

Morbid obesity (body mass index greater than 30) is associated with a higher complication rate in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). So scheduling bariatric surgery for weight loss prior to TKA seems to make sense. But according to study data presented by Erik P. Severson, MD, patients who undergo bariatric surgery and TKA have similar elevated rates of perioperative complications, regardless of the temporal relationship between the two surgeries.

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