As a new year approaches, people develop resolutions in order to become the best versions of themselves. Many people incorporate a healthy diet or exercise regimen to lead them to their goals of losing weight in the new year. Maintaining a healthy weight can not only enhance self-esteem, but is also extremely beneficial to an individual’s overall health.
Those seeking joint replacement, in particular, should keep a healthy weight in mind before undergoing the procedure. Although you may feel healthy, if you have a BMI greater than 40, you are at a greater risk for complications during and after surgery. It’s important to be aware of these risks, so that you may minimize them before undergoing operation. Overweight individuals are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure), diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome – all of which can contribute to post-op complications.
Joint replacement does alleviate pain and enable patients to become more active, but patients shouldn’t wait to become active. Because the procedure minimizes joint pain, many patients go into it with the intention of losing weight afterwards. However, studies show that the majority of obese patients who undergo joint replacement maintain the same post-op BMI. This further proves the significant value behind implementing a healthy lifestyle into everyday life.
So, how do you lose the weight? The main components of a weight-loss regimen are diet and exercise. Start by reducing fat and calorie intake, and incorporate more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains into your diet. Low impact exercises (such as swimming, biking or elliptical training) will be less stressful on your joints, and can be very effective weight loss solutions.
Losing weight is a gradual process, so don’t get discouraged. The payoff of lowering your BMI is significant, and will positively affect your health and lifestyle. Talk to your physician to explore the different low-impact activities available, and discuss a weight-reduction plan that best suits your lifestyle.
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This post was adapted from AAOS.