Weight loss is one of the top recommendations by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for obese patients in advance of elective orthopedic surgery.
Not only does obesity contribute to your risk of injuries that may require orthopedic surgery, but extra weight can also increase your risk of medical and/or surgical complications following surgery.
Comorbidities of obesity such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome can also significantly increase the likelihood of post-surgery complications.
For these reasons, losing weight is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of undergoing surgery, as well as increase the likelihood of a successful recovery if you do undergo orthopedic surgery. Weight loss strategies include lifestyle modifications, medication, and bariatric surgery.