The excess strain placed on the joints associated with severe obesity can greatly worsen or increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Fortunately, reducing the weight on joints can quickly lessen or eliminate this type of pain.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Known as the wear-and-tear kind of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition which involves the breakdown of a joint’s cartilage. Morbidly obese patients are at particularly high risk for osteoarthritis, as excess body weight placed on joints, particularly knees and hips, results in rapid wear and tear, and pain caused by inflammation. Similarly, bones and muscles of the back are constantly strained, causing disk problems, pain, and decreased mobility. This disability results in difficulty walking, working, and also losing weight.
The less weight is placed on joints, the less strain is placed on these joints. Weight loss surgery can reduce much of this weight over a long period of time and can be very effective in reversing or preventing osteoarthritis.
A recent study of 500 patients showed a 90% resolution of arthritis among surgical patients. To learn more about whether or not you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, visit our qualifications page.