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Do I Need To Lose Weight Before Hip or Knee Surgery?

Do I need to lose weight before knee or hip surgery

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Weight loss ahead of orthopaedic surgery often results in a positive impact on the outcome. Oxford Therapeutics Limited provide an award-winning and medically endorsed weight-loss programme that delivers consistent, positive results. The non-invasive treatment, often recommended by orthopaedic surgeons has become the treatment of choice for pre-surgery weight loss. Marianne, below, lost over 100 pounds following our programme.

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If you have decided to lose some weight ahead of your hip or knee surgery, or maybe your surgeon or anaesthetist has advised you too, then relax, you are at the right place. On this site you can read numerous verified case studies and medical endorsements regarding the treatment. You can also read a full description of the programme. You can join over a thousand others and start your weight-loss journey today. Download the complete programme here.

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Nurse, Reija, above, lost 65 pounds, which improved her mobility and reduced her arthritis symptoms. The award-winning treatment has been the subject of two bestselling books on the treatment, written by the developers, which have been endorsed by both professor Philip Zimbardo, of Stanford University, San Fransisco, and professor Windy Dryden, of Goldsmiths University, in London.

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Following presentations at several European University conferences detailing the treatment, it is now routinely recommended to patients by surgeons and anaesthetists around the world to assist in their pre-surgery weight loss. Patients also benefit from revisiting the programme post surgery, when a reduced level of mobility may result in unwanted weight gain. Martin below lost 85 pounds.

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The psychology-focused My Weigh Less course will enable you to start your weight-loss journey immediately. There’s no need for any expensive meal replacement products, or exercise equipment. The 12 sessions, in MP3 format, are available to download immediately onto a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. So anyone can complete the course without having to leave the comfort and security of their home. Our weight-loss programme was featured in Psychologies magazine.

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Benefit from Pre-Surgery Weight Loss.

Do I Need To Lose Weight before Hip or Knee Surgery? If you are overweight, then you shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of losing weight ahead of any surgery. Pre-surgery weight loss is an important thing to consider, because being overweight increases your risk of complications related to surgery. This includes increased recovery time, risk of infection, and blood clots, for example. Additionally, being overweight can have a negative effect on post-operative care requirements.

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Surgeons recommend pre-surgery weight loss

Some, but not all, orthopaedic surgeons now impose a weight limit for both knee and hip replacement patients, due to the additional risks involved. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that obese adults are 20 times more likely to need a knee replacement than those who are not overweight. This is because of the extra wear and tear on the joints. Every pound of body weight creates 4-6 pounds of pressure on the knees. So it makes sense that losing weight before surgery will help reduce the stress on the joints post surgery.

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Sarah, below lost 140 pounds

However, it’s important to be aware that being overweight is not just an issue in the field of orthopaedics. Also, in other areas of medicine, surgeons maybe reluctant to operate on obese patients, and will recommend they follow a pre-surgery weight-loss programme. Sarah Hart, below, has appeared in a number of publications and on television in both the UK and Australia following her 140 pound weight loss.

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American Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Obesity can make surgical procedures more challenging for several reasons. According to the American Society of Anaesthesiologists: “If you or a loved one are overweight or obese and planning to have surgery, you should be aware that excess weight can put you at risk for certain side effects and complications. These can result from the surgery itself, or from the anaesthesia you may need during your procedure.” The risks don’t end when your operation is over: if you are overweight, you have an increased risk of infection. This could delay your recovery, and even see you re-admitted into hospital.

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Post Surgery Benefits of Losing Weight

Being overweight means you may have an elevated risk of cardiac problems. Surgery puts a lot of pressure on the body, and the cardiovascular system. Tulsa Bone & Joint orthopaedic surgeon, Marcy Word Clements, also clearly explains how obesity can cause some significant potential surgical complications before or after orthopaedic surgery. The list includes; “longer operative times, increased blood loss, surgical infection, blood clots in the legs that can travel to the lungs, and wound healing problems.” So you should take all available steps to help the process by losing excess weight.

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On the positive side, however, Clements states that many orthopaedic surgery procedures are elective, rather than emergency operations. Consequently, they can often be scheduled in advance. This means that patients can take advantage of addressing potential health issues, such as losing some weight, before the date of their operation. According to “Losing excess weight before surgery is just one of many ways patients can lower their surgical risks and help ensure positive outcomes.”

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Is surgery safe…?

Hip and Knee replacement surgery uses advanced technology. The results being achieved are excellent, and the expected outcome for the majority of patients is very positive. Of course, there are risks attached to any surgery, which no doubt your surgeon will discuss with you in advance. Hopefully this will give you peace of mind with regard to you undergoing the procedure.

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Post Surgery Weight-Loss Benefits

Whilst it is advisable to reduce your weight ahead of surgery, monitoring your post-surgery weight is also important. Being overweight after surgery, as well as increasing your recovery time, will also reduce the ‘life’ of your new knee or hip. Also, overweight patients are more likely to suffer dislocation of the new joint, especially the hip. Kay, above, lost over 100 pounds following the GMB treatment. You may also like to read our new page Losing Weight at 60.


In conclusion, the importance of considering weight management before hip or knee surgery cannot be overstated. This article has highlighted the numerous benefits of losing weight prior to undergoing such procedures. From reducing the risk of complications, including infections and blood clots, to enhancing surgical outcomes and even prolonging the lifespan of your new joint, shedding excess pounds can make a significant difference.

Surgeons, across various medical fields, recognise the significance of weight in surgery, and some may recommend weight-loss programmes as part of the pre-surgery preparations. While surgery itself can be a safe and advanced medical option, understanding the role of weight in surgical risks is crucial. Patients can take proactive steps to mitigate these risks by addressing their weight before surgery and continuing to monitor it post-operation.

In the end, the goal is not only to achieve successful surgical outcomes but also to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life beyond surgery. Whether it’s reducing the stress on your joints, minimising the risks associated with excess weight, or ensuring the longevity of your new hip or knee joint, weight management plays a pivotal role in your surgical journey.

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The top FAQs about losing weight before orthopaedic surgery…

FAQ 1: How fast can I lose weight before knee or hip replacement surgery?

ANSWER: The rate at which someone loses weight ahead of hip or knee surgery varies considerably, depending on many factors. For instance, how heavy the person is at the outset, and their level of commitment to lose weight. In the first few weeks the weight loss is often dramatic. After that you can expect to lose around two pounds per week, which is the healthiest way to lose weight. In contrast, trying to lose weight as fast as possible before surgery, by following a drastic, unsustainable diet, is often far from healthy.

FAQ 2: Why do I have to lose weight ahead of knee or hip surgery?

ANSWER: Not all surgeons insist that their patients lose weight ahead of surgery. However, you need to be aware of all the potential risks if you are overweight, including undergoing a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will no doubt explain how much faster and less painful your recovery will be, potentially, if you’re not carrying around all those extra pounds. Choosing a proven weight-loss treatment may be just as life-changing as the surgery. You may also like to read a page all about Gastric Band Surgery.

FAQ 3: Are there specific weight limits imposed by surgeons for hip and knee replacement patients?

ANSWER: Some orthopaedic surgeons may impose weight limits for these surgeries due to additional risk of complications related to surgery, such as longer recovery time, infections, and blood clots. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons highlights that obese adults are 20 times more likely to need a knee replacement, given the extra stress on joints.

FAQ 4: How does being overweight affect surgical procedures besides hip and knee surgeries?

ANSWER: Being overweight can pose challenges in various surgical procedures, and surgeons across different medical fields may recommend a pre-surgery weight-loss programme. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists explains the risks associated with excess weight during surgery.

FAQ 5: What are the post-surgery benefits of losing weight?

ANSWER: Losing weight post-surgery can reduce the risk of cardiac problems and other complications. It can also lead to shorter operative times, reduced blood loss, lower infection risk, and better wound healing.

FAQ 6: Is it advisable to monitor weight post-surgery even after losing weight before the procedure?

ANSWER: Yes, monitoring your weight after surgery is important. Being overweight after surgery can extend your recovery time and increase the risk of complications like joint dislocation, especially in the case of hip replacements.

Jackie and Sharon, below appeared with Eamonn Holmes after losing over 70 pounds each.

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Will the Weight Loss be Permanent?

The My Weigh Less programme is designed to provide a permanent solution, depending on your level of commitment. And, of course, your replacement hip or knee will last considerably longer if you maintain the weight loss. Your general mobility will also improve, along with all aspects of your health and well-being. Please also read our page explaining “How CBT can help you lose weight.”

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How Does the My Weigh Less Programme Work?

There’s an easy way for you to find out just how My Weigh Less can help you reach your weight-loss goals and discover long-term weight management. All you need to do is download a free, 20-minute, MP3 introduction right now. No email or credit card details requested, or required; just a few minutes of your time. Or, if you prefer, you can read more information on the website about what is included in the course.

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Many people mistakenly think that increasing exercise is the best way to lose weight. But, of course, the reality is that what you eat has far more impact on successful weight loss. This is also good news for those who are maybe not able to do much physical activity prior to their joint replacement operation. You may like to read our page: “Do I Need Exercise To Lose Weight?” Ruby, below, lost over 50 pounds following her treatment.

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We are in a perfect position to help you achieve both pre-surgery and post surgery weight loss. And you can maintain the results permanently. During the twelve sessions that make up the Award-Winning My Weigh Less Course we will share with you a number of psychology-focused, unique, weight-loss interventions that you can start to use immediately. The medically endorsed treatment is based around 15,000 1:1 clinical hours, working with over a thousand clients.

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Below, Martin and Marion appearing on the This Morning TV show, with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

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Marion Shirran, as a director of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and is pleased to be involved in the Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.

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Martin and Marion travelled to New York to appear on the Good Morning America TV Show

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