Malnutrition has been linked to serious complications in patients undergoing elective total joint arthroplasty (TJA). This study prospectively evaluated 2,161 patients undergoing elective TJA for malnutrition as defined by either an abnormal serum albumin or transferrin. The overall incidence of malnutrition was 8.5% (184 of 2,161) and the rate of overall complications in the malnourished group was 12% as compared to 2.9% in patients with normal parameters (P55years-old undergoing TJA and is associated with a significant increase in post-operative complications.
Recommended CitationHuang, MD, Ronald; Greenky, BS, Max; Kerr, MD, Glenn J.; Austin, MD, Mathew S.; and Parvizi, MD, FRCS, Javad, "The effect of malnutrition on patients undergoing elective joint arthroplasty." (2013). Rothman Institute Faculty Papers. Paper 51.