Is THA a Bad Idea for a Patient with a High BMI?

    Patients who are morbidly obese – those who have a BMI over 40 – are at higher risk for medical and surgical complications after joint replacement procedures and should not undergo the procedure until their weight is addressed.

    That’s the argument William J. Hozack, MD, made in a debate on total hip arthroplasty in patients with a high BMI at ICJR’s annual Winter Hip & Knee Course.

    Dr. Hozack, from The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, debated David F. Dalury, MD, from Towson Orthopaedic Associates in Towson, Maryland, who believes surgery can be safely performed in these patients.

    We asked Dr. Hozack to review his concerns about performing THA in patients with a BMI over 40. Click the image above to hear his comments.

    Producer and Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles J. Maynard