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Posted by beau on August 17, 2000 at 10:21:24:

In Reply to: Osteoarthritus in Knee posted by Pete on August 17, 2000 at 05:48:03:

: Hi,

: My girlfriend (25) has just been told by a private surgeon that she has osteoarthruitus in her right knee. 4 years ago she started having severe pain in her knee after a trip to India and several doctors told her that a reaction to a insect bite while abroad had stripped the cartilage from the joint. In those four years her joint has continued to deterirorate and it is only this week that Osteoarthrius has been suggested. Is it possible to have it at such a young age and only in one joint (her other knee has been taking strain for four years without any problems)?
: This private doctor claims to be able to carry out surgery to delay the knee being replaced, but it requires several months of work, ad doesn't come cheap.
: If anyone has any information or advice on this or possible treatments it would be very much appreciated.
: Thanks, Pete.

Hi pete,
Ask your friend to see a rheumatologist. He is trained in the rheumatic diseases and really the best qualified to help her decide whether or not surgery is appropriate. I don't think it is wise to let a surgeon decide whether or not one should have surgery---surgery is his line of work, and he must work. The rheumatologist will diagnose her condition, which may or may not be as she has been told, and if surgery is the appropriate "next move", he will recommend a surgeon..., beau

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