Obesity is associated with higher complication rates in revision total hip arthroplasty

Kennedy, John W. and Young, David and Meek, Dominic R.M. and Patil, Sanjeev R. (2018) Obesity is associated with higher complication rates in revision total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedics, 15 (1). pp. 70-72. ISSN 0271-6798

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    Abstract

    We examined differences in complication rates between obese and non-obese patients undergoing revision total hip arthroplasty. Sixty-five patients with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2 and 54 patients with a BMI of <30 kg/m2 were identified. Obese patients were 2.5 times more likely to suffer a complication than non-obese (38.4% cf 14.8%, p = 0.02). Obese patients were more likely to experience dislocation, leg length discrepancy, fracture, implant loosening, infection and pulmonary embolus. The obese group had a significantly higher revision rate (12.3% cf 1.8%, p = 0.039). Obese patients should be counselled pre-operatively on their elevated risk.