Obesity Epidemic Has Impact on Specialty Care

Excess weight presents problems for pediatric, spine patients

Mary Ann Porucznik

The impact of obesity on surgical and nonsurgical treatment outcomes can be seen in every orthopaedic specialty. At the AAOS Now-sponsored forum on “Obesity, Orthopaedics, and Outcomes,” held March 18 in Chicago, orthopaedic surgeons and other experts noted that the problems associated with obesity can begin in childhood and last throughout a person’s life.

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