What is Joint Pain?
Joint Pain is a symptom of obesity that causes inflammation and pain being emitted by various joints with a degree of intensity ranging from a small ache all the way to debilitating sharp pains. Joint pain commonly occurs in obese patients as each extra kilogram of fat that the body has to support causes more pressure on weight-bearing joints, most commonly in the knee and lower back areas, causing bones and ligaments to wear faster than what they would otherwise. Obese patients who experience joint pain are at a much larger risk to develop Osteoarthritis (a form of arthritis caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints) further down the track.
Patients who undergo bariatric procedures find relief in symptoms but for severe cases may not necessarily be relieved completely due to the existing permanent damage and tear in the joints. In this case additional surgery may be advised by your doctor.