Orthopedics and Nutrition: Moving from Strangers to Synergistic Partners

Nutrition is integral to overall patient health and well-being. Orthopedics has not traditionally placed an emphasis on nutritional intake and its effects on pre- and post-operative patients; however, research shows the importance of its role in the speed of recovery and as well as decreased complication rates. By implementing best nutritional practices into the flow of orthopedic practice, we can both enable overweight patients to obtain transformational surgeries while optimizing recovery and the ability to return to physical activities.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Evaluate individual patient nutritional practices and provide research-based and specific opportunities for change
  • Discuss the specific recommendations of each macronutrient in the pre- and post-operative periods
  • Describe the importance of metabolic health within the context of the orthopedic patient