Arthritis is one of the common diseases, which can be debilitating in its severe forms. Obese people are more prone to arthritis, with as many as one in three Americans who suffer from obesity also have arthritis. Medical experts increasingly believe that looking at the link between obesity and arthritis, weight loss procedures may be used to address arthritic joints. One of the major weight loss procedures for this purpose is bariatric surgery.
Dr. Wiljon Beltre offers cutting edge procedures to treat obesity at the state of the art Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery. Dr. Beltre has developed a comprehensive treatment approach to not only address obesity, but also provide relief from the symptoms of arthritic joints in the process. Dr. Beltre is a highly trained and experienced bariatric surgeon providing advanced and innovative procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding locations.
Link between Obesity and Arthritic Joints
Research indicates a clear link between obesity and the problem of arthritic joints. An obese person’s joints will have to bear greater body weight, which will increase the chances of the joint wearing out or getting damaged. One of extra pound of body weight will put about four pounds of additional pressure on the knees.
This means that as little as 10 pounds of extra body weight would place 40 pounds of additional pressure on the knees. As a result, the knees are the most common joints affected by arthritis. The challenge in reducing weight for people suffering from arthritic joints is that they usually cannot perform strenuous aerobic exercises or join other vigorous sports and activities.
The arthritic joints will make any rapid movements painful and restricted. Therefore, many people finally choose the option of bariatric surgery, which is a safe, proven and effective way to treat obesity and provide relief from arthritic joints.
Researchers have established new evidence of links between obesity and arthritis. Studies have shown that excess fat tissue promotes joint damage through release of certain chemicals that trigger inflammation in the joints. Obesity can also contribute to gout, which is a lesser known form of arthritis.
Weight Loss Surgery
While weight loss surgery is not a guaranteed cure for arthritis, particularly in cases where the joint cartilage has suffered irreversible damage, it can still play an important role. Weight loss surgery will help the patient fight the symptoms of arthritis with renewed strength, and curb further deterioration of the joint tissue. Leading bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and nearby areas for weight loss procedures.
Bariatric surgery is a definitive way to achieve weight loss, and in turn, reduce excess burden on the bones. The amount of fat cells will be reduced, cutting back the chances of inflammation. Pressure on the joints is increasingly relieved as weight loss progresses. Ease of movement and reduced pain encourages patients to perform more vigorous activities and exercises, resulting in further improvement in arthritic joints and sustainable body weight.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.