Mercy's Dr. Kuldeep Singh Discusses The Role of Weight Gain on Arthritis

December 07, 2020


There's yet another reason to keep your weight under control.

According to Kuldeep Singh, M.D., FACS, MBA, FASMBS, a top weight loss surgeon in Maryland, and Director of The Maryland Bariatric Center at Mercy, being overweight worsens arthritis, particularly in weight-bearing joints. The extra pounds can also shorten the life of joint replacements.

And there's another potential problem: At certain weights, orthopedic surgeons may not operate.

"It's like a catch-22. You're overweight, you weigh high and then your arthritis is worse. You need a replacement, but you can't get it because you're too much overweight," Dr. Singh said.

Dr. Singh added that weight loss can slow disease progression, but it's best to be preventive and manage your weight so you don't have these issues.

To view Mercy’s Dr. Kuldeep Singh’s interview regarding obesity, weight gain and arthritis, click here.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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