Knee Pain: Losing Weight May Help
It make sense when you consider how much pressure we put on our knee joints with every step. Studies estimate that when you walk, a force of nearly three to six times your body weight is exerted across the knee. Carrying 10 extra pounds can increase the force on the knee by 30 to 60 pounds.
Here’s the good news: losing a small amount of weight can make a difference. Some studies suggest that losing weight substantially decreases knee osteoarthritis pain .
In fact, health researchers are currently studying how weight loss surgery affects knee pain. The question they hope to answer is whether bariatric surgery can eliminate the need for total knee replacement.
A previous study found that patients who had bariatric surgery before a total hip or knee replacement had fewer complications with their joint procedure.
Whether weight-loss surgery is right for you depends on several factors. The first step is to learn about how bariatric surgery changes the way your body works. Bariatric surgery is a tool that helps people lose weight successfully. Longterm weight loss requires a commitment to exercise and eating healthy foods.
Weight loss surgery can help joints, knee pain
Losing weight through bariatric surgery not only helps weight-bearing joints, it also helps people who have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and acid reflux. Patients who have gastric bypass surgery typically lose 75 to 80 percent of their excess weight within 18 months to two years.
One of the best ways to learn about bariatric surgery is to attend an educational seminar. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, patients work with a team of health professionals before and after surgery for support.