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Knee Replacement - Weight Limit?
Anon_235187 posted:
My mother-in-law is exploring knee replacement for both knees; however, she is 4'11", 260 lbs and 70 yrs old. What is the recommended weight for a person of her height and age for this procedure?
Bal M Rajagopalan, MD responded:

There are no specific recommendations when it comes to weight, or age, for knee replacement surgery. If you are on the heavier side, we use precautions to prevent loosening, and other complications, however if you are not at a healthy weight going into the surgery, there are more risks and possible complications. However if the surgery is needed, and your surgeon recommends that it happen & feels comfortable performing the surgery no matter what the weight of the patient is, I say go for it.

-Dr. Raj
YPease replied to Bal M Rajagopalan, MD's response:
Dr. Raj -

I am also 4' 11" and I weigh 186. I am having TKR on 11/7/11 and have been trying to lose weight before surgery. I was never over weight before my knee problems, however, I feel my weight may have exacerbated the onset of my symptoms. My Ortho did not seem to have a problem with my weight, but I sure do. Is it helpful to possibly lose some weight prior to surgery?

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