Osteoarthritis: "I should have had surgery earlier!" (Renée, 69 years old)
First, there are drugs, anti-inflammatories in particular. Then infiltrations of corticosteroids to quell the pain for a while. Or injections of hyaluronic acid, which "oil" the joint a few months or a year or two. But when nothing else relieves, we must face the facts: the prosthesis of knee, hip or shoulder becomes the only option to find a good joint mobility and do not deprive yourself of many daily activities. In France, the damage caused by osteoarthritis on joints and cartilage requires the installation of more than 150 000 hip prostheses each year, more than 80 000 for the knee and more than 12 000 for the shoulder. continue to make progress with implants that are more and more technical and efficient and that resist time (sometimes beyond twenty years!). A good reason not to wait anymore. A hip, a shoulder or a knee brand new, it does not refuse!
69 years old, lives with two half knee prostheses
I have always been active and I like to walk. The problem is that with an osteoarthritic knee, it became painful during and after exercise. So, I had a heavy hand on the anti-inflammatories, my stomach supported. But their effects have faded. The infiltrations of corticoids relieved me but not long. I tried injections of hyaluronic acid: no luck, I'm part of the 20% failure rate. A year to "tinker" to make the machine last, before the rheumatologist insists in 2012: the half-prosthesis was the solution to all my problems. I, who at 62, found myself a little young for that, I then understood that I should have had surgery sooner. No operative follow-up: no pain or complication. And I had a relatively quick rehab with kine, water aerobics and exercise bike, which I practiced more. So, in 2017, the first alerts, I offered my second knee half prosthesis! Since then, I found my freedom of movement, with only a few small pains in the first knee on a hike during downhill runs. "
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