Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It typically occurs due to wear and tear of the joints, and is a chronic condition involving breakdown of the cartilage in the joints.
Morbidly obese patients are more vulnerable to osteoarthritis and pain in the bone and joints, particularly because of the extra weight of the body placed on their joints of hips and knees. This excess weight can cause rapid wear and tear and inflammation.
For patients who have tried losing weight through exercise and diet but failed to obtain desired results, bariatric surgery is a safe and proven treatment option to improve the health of their joints as well as overall health. Kind and reliable bartiatric surgeon Dr. William Beltre provides weight loss surgeries to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding locations in the amazing state of Florida.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Osteoarthritis condition is likely to worsen because of excessive body weight. The extra load is responsible for the wearing and tearing of the joints. Surplus fat in the body releases a substance known as cytokine, which is responsible for the breakdown of cartilage.
Even a small amount of weight loss can improve OA symptoms, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Bariatric surgery yields excellent results for patients suffering from bone and joint pains. Here are a few key benefits of this surgery for patients with pain of bone and joints.
Candidates for bariatric surgery will typically have at least 75 pounds weight in excess of their ideal weight of their body. Within a short period after this surgery they are able to shed 20 to 30 pounds of their body weight. This weight loss often corresponds to the improvement in the pain of joints. Some of the patients may be able to stop their pain medicines completely after the surgery.
Patients suffering from OA often achieve significant relief from pain after bariatric surgery. For every pound a patient loses, there is about a five pound decrease in the pressure around the joints while walking. After the surgery, a patient may lose up to 60 percent of their excess body weight.
If a patient loses about 120 pounds after this surgery, it will result in taking off about 600 pounds of the pressure from the knees when they walk. This is true for the hip joints too.
Improved Results after Joint Replacement
Obesity puts patients at a higher post-surgical risk if they require a joint replacement surgery. Furthermore, obesity can cut down the lifespan of the replaced joint. Therefore, surgeons may sometimes recommend bariatric surgery before a patient is ready to undergo joint replacement.
Losing weight makes people more active and vigorous. This increased mobility is important it allows them to perform regular exercise and physical activities in order to maintain their weight loss. Knee arthritis can also improve after bariatric surgery, leading to increased mobility.
Prolific and astute bariatric surgeon Dr. William Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and other towns and neighborhoods in the golden Sunshine State for weight loss procedures.
Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.
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.