The Arthroplasty And Bariatric Surgery (Abs) Study

Grant number: 1019866 | Funding period: 2012 - 2016



Knee replacement is a common surgical procedure in Australia (40,000 per year). More than 60% of this group are obese and this is associated with higher early (clinical) and long term (implant) survival complications. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is an effective and safe means of achieving sustained weight loss. This study compares the outcomes of total knee replacement in groups of obese patients who have and have not undergone pre-knee replacement LAGB.