Extra pounds boost the risk of complications, but heavier patients can still do well.
Phyllis Warr, 60, needed knee surgery. Now retired, Warr was an English teacher at a Chicago-area high school, in an ancient building with three flights of stairs. With arthritic joint damage, she could hardly move about the school. “I had no cartilage in my left knee at all,” she says, “so it was bone on bone, rubbing every time I walked.”
She was heavy and had been since childhood. For years, she tried to find a surgeon willing to do atotal knee replacement. “I had been told to have bariatric surgery and lose weight, and ‘Come back afterwards and we’ll do the surgery,” she says. But Warr didn’t want weight-loss surgery. She’d heard enough about possible side effects and wasn’t interested. [Read More]