PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Researchers are working on an experimental treatment to help people with arthritis find long-term relief.READ MORE: Heated Debate Over Who & What Should Be Allowed On Delaware River Splashes Into Public View
It involves implanting synthetic cartilage into the base of a patient’s thumb to prevent the bones from rubbing together.
One patient said she left the half-hour surgery pain free and she appreciates her new independence in every way.READ MORE: 35-Year-Old Man Charged In March 2021 Murder Of 19-Year-Old Bridgeton Mother, Police Say
”I would have been not only in a lot of pain holding him, but I’m not sure I would have been confident holding a baby with how my thumbs were,” says Linda Docherty, a thumb implant patient.MORE NEWS: Remains Of Bristol Man Killed During World War II Identified, Buried More Than 70 Years Later
The thumb implant trial is taking place in the United Kindom and hospitals in New York, Rochester, Boston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Diego.