Beyond “Medical Clearance”: Addressing and Controlling Risks

What to do about comorbid conditions that may affect outcomes

Terry Stanton

Medical clearance—an assessment of a patient’s fitness for surgery—is often a standard request. But a simple clearance may not uncover all of the influences on orthopaedic outcomes, as the faculty for an Instructional Course Lecture session at the Annual Meeting outlined. Obesity and its related conditions, as well as systemic issues such as renal or cardiovascular condition, are among the factors that may affect orthopaedic surgery outcomes. (See “Issues in Medical Clearance:

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