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Is obesity a reason to avoid joint replacement surgery?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing “Come back when you’ve lost 40 pounds.” That’s something obese patients have heard often when being evaluated for a hip or knee replacement for severe arthritis. And sometimes the recommendation is to lose even more — 50, 75, or even 100 pounds… as if that’s an easy or realistic prospect. …

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