Does Obesity lead to post-operative orthopedic infection?

Question

My sister in law is morbidly obese. She had surgergy to remove an infection from her hip. Can being over weight cause this? Is there a name for this? I would really appreciate your help. The Drs. are sending the bacateria for a culture to help determine what type of treatment for her….Thank you for your help.

Answer

Obesity and diabetes are known risk factors for post-operative orthopedic infection, although I am not aware of it being a risk factor for de novo septic arthritis.

Jon Giles, MD

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