MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jonathan Samuels, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
NYU Langone Health
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: A high percentage of obese patients have painful knee osteoarthritis, and have difficulty losing weight as well as treating the knee pain with a self-perpetuating cycle.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: Patients who lost weight with their laparoscopic banding surgeries also experienced marked improvement of their knee pain. We found a significant correlation between the degree of improvement in the body mass index and reduction of knee pain in our cohort.
In addition, the patients who experienced the most relief from weight loss surgeries had their procedures at earlier ages, as well as those who never had a traumatic knee injury nor developed osteoarthritis in other joints.