Obesity: More Surgeries and Longer Hospital Stays

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In a recent study published in the Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) journal, a team of researchers determined that trauma patients who are also obese have higher total hospital charges, longer hospital stays, are more likely to be discharged to a continuing care facility, and have a higher rate of orthopedic surgical intervention than patients without obesity.

With obesity now affecting some 38% of the U.S. population, a greater proportion of trauma patients are likely to be obese and these patients present a greater healthcare burden.

 

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