Obese patients experienced increased complication rate with direct anterior THA

By Casey Tingle

Compared with patients who were at a normal or pre-obese weight, patients who were obese experienced a significantly increased complication rate when they underwent total hip arthroplasty using a direct anterior approach, according to study results.

Researchers retrospectively reviewed early perioperative data for 210 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) or avascular necrosis who underwent unilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) through a direct anterior approach. Overall, 61 patients had a normal BMI, 70 patients were pre-obese and 79 patients were obese according to WHO classification.


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