You are not just overweight, you are obese with a Body Mass Index of over 40. I would venture to guess that you are lucky to be walking at all. Your only hope to improve your situation is to take those pounds off. You might be a good candidate for a Lap Band procedure to help salvage your abilities to walk and live independently. Actually, I am surprised that the orthopedic surgeon replaced your knee without first requiring you to lose the weight. Well, actually these days nothing much surprises me anymore.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
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