OBESITY AND ARTHRITIS
Cartilage is the flexible connective tissue that, among other things, cushions the ends of our bones and allows them to move smoothly and painlessly at the joints. When this cartilage becomes inflamed and begins to break down due to arthritis (or another medical condition), the bones rub directly against each other and movement becomes extremely painful and increasingly difficult. According to the Centers for Disease Control, currently one in five Americans has been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. However, arthritis is even more common among individuals who are overweight: more than one in three obese Americans also suffers from some form of arthritis! Thus, medical practitioners are becoming ever more aware that the long-term effects of obesity on the body are more widespread and destructive than ever-before realized. Luckily, cutting-edge developments in modern surgical techniques make weight loss through surgical intervention viable and realistic, providing a powerful, successful option for individuals who cannot moderate the impacts of obesity through diet and exercise alone.
The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, in Altamonte Springs, Florida offers individuals who are severely obese (BMI of 40 or more, or 35 with severe health concerns) a range of safe, cutting-edge surgical options designed to enable effective, long-term weight loss. Board Certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre, one of central Florida’s only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons, understands that losing weight and relieving the symptoms of arthritis is nearly impossible without medical intervention, and in response, has developed a comprehensive approach to weight loss involving a thorough process of patient education, the safest, most powerful surgical techniques, and the dedicated support of a team of weight loss experts. This approach will help you understand the hormonal and metabolic imbalances caused by obesity and how they can be resolved safely and successfully, enabling healthy lifestyle choices to have the effect they are meant to have and improving your overall health and well-being.
OBESITY AND ARTHRITIC JOINTS
The link between obesity and arthritis seems fairly straight-forward: the more weight on a joint, the more likely the joint is to wear out and break down. Every pound of extra weight leads to four pounds of extra pressure on the knees (one of the joints most commonly affected by arthritis), so a person who is 10 pounds overweight has an additional 40 pounds of pressure on the knees, while a person who is 100 pounds overweight has an additional 400 pounds of excess pressure on the knees. And it seems simple enough to say that losing excess weight will ease the pressure on the joints and help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Unfortunately, however, losing weight through regular exercise becomes nearly impossible as arthritis breaks down the joints and movement becomes increasingly more difficult.
But the link between obesity and arthritis is far more complex that simply a function of excess pressure on easily-impacted joints. Regardless of the type of arthritis (osteo- or rheumatoid, an autoimmune disease that leads the body to attack the joint tissue), scientists now believe that excess fat tissue actively contributes to joint damage by creating and releasing chemicals—most likely cytokines and adipokines—which cause joint inflammation and damage. Obesity may also contribute to gout, a less common form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid, by inhibiting the ability of the kidneys to eliminate uric acid properly.
HOW WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY CAN HELP
Weight loss surgery does not, unfortunately, address arthritis the same way it treats other metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, because the damage done to the cartilage cannot be undone except through joint replacement surgery. However, weight loss surgery can play a critical role in combating the painful symptoms of the disease, as well as preventing further degeneration. Bariatric surgery offers obese arthritis patients a realistic option for successful, long-term weight loss, thereby reducing weight on the bones and the amount of fat cells triggering inflammation. And as weight loss begins, the excess pressure on the knee joints is reduced and movement and regular exercise become easier, sparking even further weight loss! Moreover, if the degradation of the joints has progressed to the point where joint replacement is required, the weight loss facilitated by metabolic surgery makes joint replacement surgery easier, safer, and more successful.
CONTACT THE CENTER FOR METABOLIC AND OBESITY SURGERY
At The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, located in Altamonte Springs, Florida, we offer a proven, multifaceted approach to bariatric surgery that will empower you to achieve your weight loss goals, improve your health and appearance, and rebuild your self-confidence. Led by esteemed Board Certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre, one of the only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in Central Florida, we specialize in the latest cutting-edge procedures for safe, effective surgical weight loss coupled with a dedicated support team of caring, experienced specialists who will stand by your side to support you throughout your entire weight loss journey. Significant weight loss is not easy, but with the help of with our confidential consultation process, the surgical skill and experience of our medical team, and the advice and guidance of our on-going support network, we can help you achieve the lasting weight loss success you have been dreaming about.
If you are tired of the endless rounds of fad dieting and fruitless exercise regimens and think you may be ready for weight loss surgery, or if you would like more information about how weight loss surgery at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery can improve—and potentially resolve—some obesity-related health problems such as arthritic joints, contact us today for a free, individual consultation. We look forward to helping you start your weight loss journey today! Call 407-634-4375 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
DISCLAIMER: Metabolic surgery involves a lifetime commitment to significant lifestyle changes, and is not for everyone. Individual results differ depending on each patient’s medical history and willingness and ability to adhere to the weight loss program specified by Dr. Beltre. As with all surgical procedures, all forms of metabolic surgery carry the risk of complications and side effects; additional details about potential complications, side effects, and other risks will be provided to you by Dr. Beltre during your pre-surgical consultations.