Knee Pain Improved After Bariatric Surgery For Obesity Interview with:

Jonathan Samuels, MD Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology NYU Langone Health

Dr. Jonathan Samuels

Jonathan Samuels, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
NYU Langone Health 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. 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. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: For obese patients with persistent and severe knee pain, weight loss surgery should be considered as a treatment option regardless of their age, but even more so in younger patients and those without significant knee injury histories. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response:  Further efforts are underway to better understand the molecular and metabolic impact of weight loss on knee osteoarthritis pain, beyond the decreased mechanical load on the knees.

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Patient characteristics predict the effect of bariatric surgery on knee osteoarthritis painShannon X.ChenB.AFernando A.Bomfim, B.A.,Heekoung A.Youn, R.N .ChristineRen-Fielding M.D., JonathanSamuels, M.D.
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 8 February 2018 

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Last Updated on March 20, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD