Obesity as a Risk Factor in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Željko Jovičić, Željka Cvijetić, Slavko Manojlović

Orthopedic Department, Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Dr Miroslav Zotovic”, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; zeljkorjovicic@gmail.com

ABSTRACT: Hip arthroplasty or hip replacement is a surgical procedure by which damaged cartilage and bone are removed from the joint and replaced by implants. Hip replacement is performed in order to achive painless and normal movements. Obesity is characterized by excessive accumulation of fat inside an organism and it affects occurance of arthrosis. Obese people make up to 30% of the population in developed countries. A vast majority of recent research publications talk about obesity and its impact on the outcome of orthopedic surgical procedures.
Keywords: obesity, risk factor, hip arthroplasty
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