Wearable Bioimpedance Analyzer for Tracking Body Composition Changes

Study Purpose

Obesity, namely at body mass index (BMI) levels exceeding 40kg/m2 (class III obesity), is a risk factor for many diseases including osteoarthritis (OA). In arthroplasty, patients in this population frequently present for and are turned away from surgical intervention. Subsequently, efforts are made to decrease BMI through simple weight loss, yet these have been suggested as ineffective and counterproductive. Furthermore, simple weight loss may include muscle mass loss, which is an additional risk factor for surgery. At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Orthopedics Department, efforts have been made to encourage muscle mass gain and body fat loss over simple weight loss where progress has been tracked through stationary, multi-frequency bioimpedance analysis (BIA). BIA is a readily available technology offered to industry and consumers, and BIA has recently been incorporated into wearable devices. In the UIHC Orthopedics department, a novel clinic aimed at holistically serving the osteoarthritic-class III obese population for controlled and monitored weight loss through BIA. This study, a randomized controlled trial, aims to recruit adult patients with class III obesity presenting to the arthroplasty-obesity clinic. While all patients will receive individual body composition coaching to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat mass, they will be randomized to one of two cohorts: the study group will receive a wearable BIA wristband (InBody BAND 2) and instruction on its use in addition to the standard coaching, and the control group will only receive the standard coaching. This study aims to identify if the use of a wearable BIA wristband aids in the desired body composition changes. In addition, this study aims to quantify the body composition changes exhibited by each cohort. Finally, this study aims to track surgical outcomes for those patients that are indicated for total joint arthroplasty.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years - 99 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - Adults >/= 18 years.
  • - BMI > 40kg/m2.
  • - Presenting to arthroplasty-obesity clinic with desire for total joint arthroplasty procedure.
  • - Owns a smartphone capable of handling iOS or Google Play apps.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Has a pacemaker or other electronic pacemaker placement.
  • - Inability to complete study protocols.
  • - Inability to stand unsupported for 60-90 seconds.
- Does not own a smart phone

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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University of Iowa
Principal Investigator

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Principal Investigator Affiliation N/A
Agency Class

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Overall Status Enrolling by invitation
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Obesity, Knee Osteoarthritis
Arms & Interventions


Experimental: Wearable Device Group

Will be given InBody Band 2 to use while trying to achieve weight loss goal prior to total joint arthroplasty.

No Intervention: Control Group

Will not be given InBody Band 2 to use while trying to achieve weight loss goal prior to total joint arthroplasty.


Device: - InBody Band 2

Wearable bioimpediance monitor similar to a fitness watch.

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University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa



University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Iowa City, Iowa, 52242