A new study suggests that teens undergoing bariatric surgery can experience benefits in terms of walking speed and joint pain. Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine are tracking long-term outcomes for 242 teens that underwent bariatric surgery at five centers around the United States.

For the current study, researchers specifically focused on improvements in mobility and pain related to muscles and joints is a subset of 206 patients. All patients participated in a quarter-mile walk test before and after surgery at six months, twelve months and twenty-four months. Improvements in time to complete the walk, resting heart rate, and heart rate differences continued at one and two years after surgery.