Weight Loss Surgery to relieve osteoarthritis knee pain - Obese patients who lost 57 pounds weight loss within 6 months to see significant improvement, from the findings of a study. Losing weight can help reduce the pain experienced by obese people with knee osteoarthritis, researchers say.
A recent study with 24 obese adults, aged 30 to 67, with knee osteoarthritis who undergo weight loss surgery (Weight Loss Surgery - bariatric surgery). Knee of the patients were assessed before surgery and at six and 12 months after surgery.
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Patients who lost an average of 57 pounds within six months of bariatric surgery showed significant improvement of knee pain, stiffness and physical function, the findings of the researchers. These patients also experienced improvement in quality of life, ability to perform everyday tasks and sports activities.
No patients receiving other treatments for osteoarthritis of their knees. The findings were scheduled and presented on Saturday in the program American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty.
"Every individual has improved on their pain for losing weight," said lead researcher Christopher Edwards, of Penn State College of Medicine.
"There are several studies that have examined the role of weight loss without any additional treatment of arthritis in individuals with radiographic osteoarthritis," he added. "Further studies are still needed to investigate whether symptoms of knee arthritis continues to increase from time to time applies to people who are just overweight, but our research shows strong possibility for improvement."
Feb 1, 2015 Health