Inger Mechlenburg

The Association Between Preoperative Symptoms of Obesity in Knee and Hip Joints and the Change in Quality of Life After Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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  • Ida Birn, Fysioterapi- og Ergoterapiafdelingen, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Danmark
  • Inger Mechlenburg
  • Anette Liljensøe
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  • Kjeld Soballe
  • Jens Fromholt Larsen

BACKGROUND: Weight loss after bariatric surgery is shown to reduce knee and hip pain in the majority of the severely obese. Studies indicate that with a reduction in musculoskeletal symptoms, quality of life (QoL) will improve. The group of severely obese with knee and hip symptoms might therefore have potential for a large improvement in QoL after a bariatric surgery. This study aimed therefore to assess the association between the degree of knee and hip symptoms before a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) and the improvement of QoL, 1 year after the surgery, in severely obese.

METHODS: This study is a historical cohort study based on data collected consecutively at the private hospital Mølholm, Denmark. Before LRYGB surgery, 4548 severely obese completed a questionnaire on knee and hip symptoms of obesity and QoL. One year after surgery, 2862 (62.9 %) of the participants answered the same questionnaire again.

RESULTS: Participants with moderate or severe knee or hip symptoms, before the surgery, experienced a statistically significantly larger improvement of their QoL, compared to participants without symptoms before the surgery. Furthermore, an association between the reduction of knee and hip symptoms and the improvement in QoL was found.

CONCLUSIONS: Severely obese with moderate or severe preoperative knee and hip symptoms experienced a larger improvement of their QoL after a LRYGB compared to participants without symptoms before the operation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftObesity Surgery
ISSN0960-8923
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 26 aug. 2015

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