PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Researchers are working on an experimental treatment to help people with arthritis find long-term relief.READ MORE: Seven New Laws Boost Protection For Sexual Assault Victims In New Jersey
It involves implanting synthetic cartilage into the base of a patient’s thumb to prevent the bones from rubbing together.READ MORE: Danelo Cavalcante Arrested After Killing Ex-Girlfriend In Front Of Her Children, Police Say
One patient said she left the half-hour surgery pain free and she appreciates her new independence in every way.
”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: Hammonton Police Searching For Man Wanted For Possible Child Luring Attempt
The thumb implant trial is taking place in the United Kindom and hospitals in New York, Rochester, Boston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Diego.