La Peer Surgeon Discusses a Recent Study on Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Results in Obese Patients

Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Millstein of the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence remarks on a new study detailing the impact of obesity on the outcome of shoulder replacement surgery.

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Eric S Millstein MD
The purpose of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery study was to find the effects of obesity on total shoulder arthroplasty.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on November 6th, researchers examined the short and long-term results of total shoulder arthroplasty in obese patients. The study followed 76 patients who had undergone total shoulder arthroplasty and grouped them according to their body mass index (BMI). 26 of the patients were categorized as having a ‘normal’ BMI, 25 as ‘overweight’, and 25 as ‘obese’. Details of each patient and procedure were recorded and evaluated at baseline and at the follow-up visit 2 years post-surgery.

“The purpose of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery study was to find the effects of obesity on total shoulder arthroplasty,” said Dr. Eric Millstein, director of Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence. “The overall results of any type of orthopedic surgery can be influenced by the physical state and condition of the patient.”

Although the study found that the short-term outcome of total shoulder arthroplasty in obese patients differed little from that in patients with a more normal BMI, there were discrepancies with the long-term results. Excess weight did not seem to have a negative effect on short-term shoulder function, but the overall physical function in obese patients did not improve in the long term. The patients with a normal BMI experienced both increased shoulder function and overall physical function following the procedure.

“Total shoulder arthroplasty can be a great option for decreasing shoulder pain and increasing function in patients with shoulder conditions,” Dr. Millstein continued. “The recovery process for TSA surgery places a significant emphasis on physical rehabilitation, and anything that may hinder the rehabilitation can certainly affect the results. It is important for both doctors and patients to evaluate each case and make the necessary changes in order to try to increase the chances of total successful procedure.”

Dr. Millstein is the Medical Director of the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence. He is a member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Millstein is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in the most advanced orthopedic procedures and treatment techniques available. Dr. Millstein also runs his own practice.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

For more information about Dr. Millstein and the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence, please call 888-847-0357 or visit them on the web at: http://shouldersurgerymd.com


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