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Knee surgery study says you can heal well no matter how much you weigh

Knee surgery study says you can heal well no matter how much you weigh (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - National Bike to Work Day takes place on the third Friday in every May. A local man was able to partake thanks to a team that helped him get rid of bad knee pain.

The team at OrthoCincy says that you shouldn’t let knee pain keep you on the couch this season.

A new study shows you don't need to wait, or lose weight, to resolve the most common cause of a real pain in the knee.

Phil Horney first began to feel knee pain while riding his bike.

“It was sort of a sharp gravely kind of pain, like there was something in there,” said Phil Horney.

By the time he was able to see Dr. Forest Heis, an orthopaedic surgeon, imaging tests showed he had a torn meniscus.

The meniscus is that pink cushion, and it is simply, as Dr. Heis says: “The shock absorbing cartilage in the knee.”

Initially, Dr. Heis told Phil that “We aren't going to be able to repair it, we'll just take it out.”

But Dr. Heis didn't take it out, which is a good thing according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State.

What researchers in the trial wanted to find out is whether or not what you weigh could make a difference in perhaps health, healing and what happens after that procedure.

You see, if you lose five pounds then, as Dr. Heis says: “That's thirty pounds your knee doesn't feel when you go up and down stairs. Our thought was the bigger you are the less likely it will be to heal. What the study showed was actually that may not be the case.”

The study actually found those overweight do very well healing after a meniscus repair. Phil did so well he lost weight.

“When I first started I weighed about 260 pounds, and now I weigh 215,” said Phil.

The best part of all this, according to Phil, is that he is back to serious exercise and most of all as he says: “It's nice to be able to get on the bike without any pain.”

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