Short exercise programme improves knee replacement success in obese people

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knee operation obesity, knee surgery success, exercise programmeAn exercise programme of just 16 weeks can make a big difference to the success of knee replacement surgery in obese people, says new research from the Orthopedic Clinics of North America.

We know that obese people still experience limitations after total knee replacement operations. So a total of 60 people with obesity who had knee replacement operations a year earlier took part in a 16-week tailored exercise programme. Half of the volunteers were given a fitness tracker. The tracker itself had no effect but the exercise programme was found to improve knee range of motion, strength, and quality of life.

“This study provides preliminary evidence that a 16-week exercise programme in obese individuals one year [after a knee replacement operation] is feasible and effective in improving function and quality of life.”

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