Pre-surgical health optimisation: what is the impact of asking patients to lose weight before joint replacement surgery

In this episode of Anaesthesia on Air,  Dr Joanna McLaughlin explains her new research showing dramatic reductions in people getting knee replacement surgery in regions with strict targets around obesity; the socioeconomic impact, cost and effectiveness of different health optimisation interventions are highlighted. 

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(Recorded 22nd June 2022)

Professor Scarlett McNally

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care 

Dr Joanna McLaughlin

Public Health Specialty Registrar and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow