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This is a summary of the NEW Devon commissioning policy for Hip and knee replacement surgery in obese patients (those with a body mass index of 30 or greater).
The Peninsula Commissioning Priorities Group has come to a decision regarding total knee and total hip replacement surgery in obese people (defined as body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater).
No BMI threshold will be placed on patients who require immediate referral for total knee and hip replacement surgery for clinical reasons. However, patients with a BMI of 35 or more will be actively supported to engage with local weight management programmes to reduce BMI to maximise the functional benefit of surgery and reduce the risk of complications during or following surgery.
Where the circumstances of treatment for an individual patient do not meet the criteria described above exceptional funding can be sought.
Contact Sue Philp - Co-ordinator for the Exceptional Treatments
Date of publication: 22nd June 2011