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Most patients have less pain and disability after bariatric surgery

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1928 (Published 06 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1928
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

In a three year follow-up of severely obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery, 50% to 70% experienced significant improvements in pain, physical function, and walking capacity. The research, published in JAMA, also found that roughly three quarters of patients with severe knee and hip pain or disability before surgery experienced clinically significant improvements in symptoms.1

The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, included 2221 adults with severe obesity undergoing bariatric surgery at 10 US hospitals. The median body mass index was 45.9, the median age was 47 years, and 79% of …

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