HSS Journal ®

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 200–202

Rhabdomyolysis is a Potential Complication of Total Hip Arthroplasty in the Morbidly Obese

  • Susan M. Goodman
  • Mark Figgie
  • Douglas Green
  • Stavros Memtsoudis
Case Report


Rhabdomyolysis (RML) can complicate prolonged surgery and may lead to renal failure and death. Obese patients are at high risk for this complication. This complication has been recently described in bariatric surgery and prolonged spine surgery, but it is not well recognized in patients undergoing THA. We present an obese patient (BMI = 50) who developed RML and acute kidney injury after a total hip arthroplasty.


total hip arthroplasty rhabdomyolysis acute kidney injury obesity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Goodman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Figgie
    • 1
    • 2
  • Douglas Green
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stavros Memtsoudis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Weill Cornell College of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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