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Bariatric surgery before TKA may be cost-effective for morbidly obese patients with knee OA

Bariatric surgery before TKA may be cost-effective for morbidly obese patients with knee OA
Bariatric surgery prior to total knee arthroplasty in morbidly obese patients with end-stage knee osteoarthritis may be a cost-effective option for improving outcomes, according to results of a computer model-based evaluation.

Bariatric surgery prior to total knee arthroplasty in morbidly obese patients with end-stage knee osteoarthritis may be a cost-effective option for improving outcomes, according to results of a computer model-based evaluation.

“The idea was to explore whether or not performing an intervention before a total knee arthroplasty for morbid obesity might alter patient outcomes and be a cost-effective way of altering those outcomes,” Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA, clinical orthopedic surgery fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, told Orthopedics Today. “Bariatric surgery 2 years prior to a total knee arthroplasty in morbidly obese patients may be a cost-effective treatment protocol from the societal and health payer perspectives.”

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Source: Healio