Findings from a study published in the June 7 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggest that increasing body mass index (BMI) may be linked to higher risk of complication for shoulder arthroplasty patients. 

The research team reviewed data on 4,567 consecutive shoulder arthroplasty cases from 1970 to 2013. The researchers found that increasing BMI was associated with higher risk of revision surgical procedure, reoperation, revision for mechanical failure, and superficial infection, and was negatively associated with risk of a periprosthetic fracture. The researchers state that revision risk increased in a linear fashion with BMI. In addition, they note that the most marked association between increasing BMI and any complication in shoulder arthroplasty was an association with superficial wound infection. Learn more...

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