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What are conditions that may make joint replacement surgery riskier?

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Several factors can raise the risk of joint replacement surgery, including:

  • Obesity. Extra weight can make you more likely to get infections, bleeding, and problems with anesthesia.
  • Age. If you’re 90 or older, you may need to balance the risks of surgery against the benefits.
  • Severe osteoporosis, or low bone density.
  • Heart, lung, or kidney disease can raise the chance of problems with anesthesia.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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