While obesity is known to contribute to several health complications such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, carrying an excess of weight also affects mobility and takes its toll on joints. As such, not only is it advisable to lose weight through bariatric surgery in order to lead a healthy lifestyle, but it has also proven to be beneficial for those undergoing hip replacement surgery.
Recently, two studies have shown that bariatric surgery helped to improve the outcomes of patients who had hip replacement surgery. These studies were presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas.
Previously, the benefits of bariatric surgery for morbidly obese hip replacement patients was unclear, but these studies have shown that it brings clear benefits, and should be considered for insurance coverage benefits under these circumstances.
Improve Recovery and Reduce Complications
Being obese puts a lot of strain on your your hips and legs. This can be problematic especially if you will be undergoing hip replacement or knee replacement surgery in the near future. Weight loss helps to improve recovery and eliminate pain and subsequent damage to your hips and legs.
Bariatric surgery has always been a cost-effective solution for weight loss, especially for the morbidly obese. Now, these new studies have shown that it can also lend its efficiency as a weight loss tactic to other procedures, further reducing costs and improving people’s lives.