Obese patients do well with TAR

By Terry Stanton

A Swiss study of obese patients who underwent total ankle replacement (TAR) found that survivorship of prosthesis components at midterm follow-up was comparable to results obtained in nonobese patients. The investigators also observed that approximately 12 percent of the patients had lost weight 1 year after surgery.

These findings were reported in a paper by Alexej Barg, MD, and associates, which was presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. The paper won the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies award for best clinical study.

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