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Weight Loss

Weight loss can be extremely helpful in decreasing the pain of arthritis.

  • Your body weight is magnified up to 7 times as it passes through the hip or knee joint.
  • Even a small decrease in weight can result in a significant decrease in the pain. 

What is your Body Mass Index?

Many physicians recommend avoiding joint replacement surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 40. Folks with a BMI over 40 have a significant risk for increased complications after surgery including: 

  • skin healing problems
  • infection
  • ligament injury
  • blood clots in your legs or to your lungs.

You can determine your BMI using the BMI calculator provided.