Weight and Arthritis

Question

I am 80 pounds over-weight and plan to have lap-band surgery. Will getting to my appropriate weight help with my arthritis?

Answer

It is very likely that weight loss (however it is done) will improve symptoms from osteoarthritis in the knees.  By decreasing the load, there is less stress on the affected joints.  We have a large section on this topic on our website:

http://www.hopkins-arthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/osteoandweight.html

Clifton Bingham, III, MD

About Clifton Bingham, III, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director - Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center