LAP-BAND VIP Responds to Recent Article, Offers Expert Opinion on How Obese People with Arthritis can Benefit from LAP-BAND Surgery

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Weight loss surgery patients at LAP-BAND VIP in Los Angeles can expect to 62 percent of their excess weight within 18 months, increasing mobility and ending their dependence on canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. More than two-thirds of extremely obese adults suffer from chronic lower-body joint pain, according to the most recent data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Obese patients with osteoarthritis can benefit from weight loss as it lessens the strain put on lower-body joints.

Weight loss achieved through surgery can put an end to the strain on a patient’s joints which has led them to rely on pain medication, assistance for mobility, and sometimes failed joint replacement surgeries.

Grinding knee pain is a constant reminder of a patient’s need to lose weight, in addition to a host of health problems, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, or heart disease. Many obese people also suffer from pain in their ankles and feet, a result of the physical stress put on the body from excess weight. Nearly two-thirds of obese people will be diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime.

Approximately 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis and 21 million people say that it affects their ability to perform physical activities, according to a 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, are more common in the obese. Osteoarthritis is a condition caused by the wear and tear of cartilage in joints and affects nearly two-thirds of obese patients. According to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), nearly 69 percent of extremely obese and 58 percent of obese adults suffer from join pain.

Obese individuals are 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis compared to people of a healthy weight. The autoimmune disease leads the immune system to attack the lining around joints, resulting in inflammation and the destruction of cartilage and bone. The link between rheumatoid arthritis and obesity is not clear, but researchers believe that it is connected to inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint inflammation and affects other internal organs. Excess fat can contribute to inflammation, and the extra weight around joints can accelerate the progression of arthritis.

Obese patients will often have decreased mobility as a result of their excess weight and suffer from severe pain in their joints which further impedes mobility, creating a vicious cycle. Los Angeles weight loss surgeon Dr. Hooman Shabatian of LAP-BAND VIP encourages obese patients suffering from arthritis to consider bariatric surgery after attempting to lose weight through traditional means. Dr. Shabatian cautions that LAP-BAND surgery is neither a casual step to take nor a cosmetic procedure.

“Weight loss achieved through surgery can put an end to the strain on a patient’s joints which has led them to rely on pain medication, assistance for mobility, and sometimes failed joint replacement surgeries,” said Dr. Shabatian.

Rates of arthritis are expected to rise in the near future due to the aging of the Baby Boomer population and the increase of obesity rates. Weight loss is encouraged for overweight patients diagnosed with arthritis, as well as continued physical activity. Past weight loss research conducted at the Boston University Arthritis Center has found that even a small weight loss of 11 pounds can reduce the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis among obese women by 50 percent and cuts mortality risk in half.

Dr. Hooman Shabatian obtained his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and started his surgical career with an internship at Cornell University associated with Lincoln Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shabatian performed his first LAP-BAND procedure in 2002 under the supervision of LAP-BAND pioneer Dr. Shayani at the Loyola University Medical School. Dr. Shabatian is a Board-Certified Surgeon and a member of the American College of Surgeons.

LAP-BAND VIP has a dedicated surgical and medical staff with extensive training and expertise perfected through years of practice. Our staff provides unparalleled, personalized service for all individuals in their weight loss journey. To learn more about LAP-BAND VIP and to schedule your free consultation, visit or call (800) 561-9000.

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