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How Weight Can Affect Surgical Outcomes

How Weight Can Affect Surgical Outcomes

by Yenny (SU)
The effects of obesity on your health are far reaching. People who are obese are at greater risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, type-2 diabetes, and damage to nearly every organ and system in the body. When surgery is necessary to treat a patient who is overweight, there is even a greater incidence of complications following most surgical procedures. Post-operative complications are almost universally increased for obese patients, for nearly every type of surgical procedure. The only noted exception is eye surgery.

Why Weight Loss is Important for Orthopedic Care

Why Weight Loss is Important for Orthopedic Care

by Yenny (SU)
Research has shown that being overweight adds additional stress onto your bones, joints, and connective tissue. If it is hard on healthy joints, imagine how hard it is on damaged ones. The truth is that being overweight is a major factor in how well you do after orthopedic care, especially following a surgical procedure. The better shape you are in before the surgery, the better your odds for an optimal recovery after surgery. Of course, the flip side is also true. If you are out of shape, your body has a harder time healing after a procedure.

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