There are a variety of reasons critical surgery could be postponed due to medical risks. For example, uncontrolled diabetes can be a greater risk following surgery when blood sugar levels rise. Smoking can impact the ability to breathe in the oxygen needed for your body to heal. Among these and other factors that affect the preparation and recovery from surgery is obesity. A 30+ BMI could lead to a higher post-surgery threat of:
Peripheral Nerve Injury
Urinary Tract Infection
When orthopedic surgery is considered, the risks include the inability to strengthen the muscles around the pins, plates, or other surgical instruments used to rehabilitate joint ailments. Why go through the intensive surgical process if the result is the same as before?
At Seacoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we have partnered with Ideal Protein to provide certain patients with the tools and assistance they need to reach a healthy state for surgery, and a healthy state for life after. A variety of meal alternatives including soups, pastas, puddings, shakes, and gluten free dishes allows you to enjoy flavorful food while losing weight. A personalized support plan will help you learn the basics of positive meal choices and develop an active lifestyle to maintain long term goals.