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J Knee Surg. 2013 Apr;26(2):77-81. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1341406. Epub 2013 Mar 11.

Surgical considerations in total knee replacement for the obese patient.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA. jane.liu@case.edu

Abstract

Total knee replacement (TKR) is one of the most commonly performed and successful orthopedic surgeries in the modern era. The rising prevalence of obesity has contributed to the need for TKR, but the anatomy of obese patients presents unique challenges during surgery. In this article, we will focus on surgical techniques and tools to maximize the success of TKR in this patient population. We will also cover the relationship between obesity and the development of knee osteoarthritis, postoperative care, and prosthetic outcomes.

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10.1055/s-0033-1341406
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