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Diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and obesity have been shown to increase the risk of post-operative complications in joint replacement surgery such as clot formation (or DVT), which can lead to heart attacks or strokes. People with two of the above listed risk factors almost doubled their likelihood of encountering complications. By identifying the 'at risk' groups and taking active means to control blood sugar, blood pressure and getting people to lose weight before surgery, doctors are able to reduce their post-operative complications.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical News Today
About: Common co-morbidities causing complications post-operatively
Date: 1 June 2005
Source: Medical News Today
Author: Richard Merritt (contact)
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