Recent Study of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Bariatric Patients Adds to the Increasingly Long List of Weight Loss Surgery Benefits, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz

Losing weight with bariatric surgery can take away some of the burden of arthritis.

According to an article published June 8th on MedPage Today, weight loss following bariatric surgery was tied to significant improvements in both the disease activity and the need for medication to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). At a period of one year after the surgery, the mean weight loss for bariatric patients was found to be 70 percent of their excess weight. The one year mark also showed that only 6 percent of patients reported “moderate or high RA disease activity,” compared to the 57 percent of patients who described their condition as such before surgery. Board certified bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Dr. Feiz & Associates says that this is fantastic news for any RA patients considering bariatric surgery, and is just the latest study adding to the numerous health benefits that bariatric surgery can bring. While many people are already aware of the positive affect bariatric surgery has on heart disease and diabetes, adds Dr. Feiz, there are several less discussed benefits that recent studies have shown bariatric surgery to bring about. These include improvements to:

Neuropathy –The results of a study that were presented at the 2015 Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists showed that, after undergoing weight loss surgery, some patients who experienced numbness or pain in their extremities as a result of neuropathy found that weight loss surgery provided “significant improvements” for their symptoms.
Overactive Bladder – A study published in the March edition of the Journal of Surgical Research showed that overactive bladder symptoms improved in patients who successfully lost weight as a result of bariatric surgery. While overactive bladder is not life-threating like heart disease or diabetes, notes Dr. Feiz, improvements to the condition can be a huge relief for any patients suffering form it.
Relationships – A study recently published in Obesity Journal showed that couples who had weight loss surgery saw increases in intimacy, affection for one another, and an improved ability to resolve conflicts. Dr. Feiz notes that this particular study is a reminder that weight loss surgery can have emotional benefits in addition to the more discussed physical pluses.

If the decreased risk of suffering from heart disease and diabetes is not enough to convince obese patients to have weight loss surgery, maybe these added benefits can tip the scales, says Dr. Feiz. Any patients interested in weight loss surgery can attend an informational seminar with Dr. Feiz. For more information about these seminars, patients can call Dr. Feiz and Associates at (800) 868-5946 or learn more online at

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