Impact of body mass index on functional performance after total knee arthroplasty

Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, Stephanie C. Petterson, Ryan L. Mizner, Lynn Snyder-Mackler

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The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether functional performance and self-report outcomes are related to body mass index (BMI) after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). We hypothesized that higher BMIs would negatively affect functional performance as assessed by the timed up-and-go test, stair climbing test, 6-minute walk test, and self-report questionnaires. A total of 140 patients with BMIs ranging from 21.2 to 40.0 kg/m2 were followed over the first 6 months after unilateral TKA. Hierarchical linear regression was used to evaluate the impact of BMI on functional performance at 1, 3, and 6 months after TKA, while taking into account preoperative functional performance. There were no meaningful relationships between BMI and functional performance in the subacute (1 and 3 months) and intermediate (6-month) stages of recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1109
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Body mass index
  • Functional performance
  • Obesity
  • Total knee arthroplasty


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