More Joint Pressure than Ever: Obesity is a Challenge

obesity-joint-problemsAs a member and president of the Southern Orthopaedic Association, part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Samuel Brown connects with other specialists for the most current research in bones and joints.

“While we have less invasive surgeries, with smaller incisions and more outpatient options, one of our biggest challenges among our patients today is the pressure on their joints. We want to see people moving, before and after their surgery, enjoying their favorite activities,” Brown said.

Much of this increased pressure is due to obesity, with rates rising swiftly. Dr. Brown reflects that in the past, surgery was often not an option for people who weighed over 250 pounds. Today, more surgeries can be done but it increases chances of complications after surgery. The orthopaedic field is a fast-paced one, and as the technology advances, and the challenges shift, orthopedists need to stay current.

Dr. Brown is an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine, surgery of the shoulder and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, practicing in Southeastern Virginia with Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

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