PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Researchers are working on an experimental treatment to help people with arthritis find long-term relief.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance Of Severe Weather As Parts Of Region Could See Up To 3 Inches Of Rain
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: DA Larry Krasner Joins New Initiative To Fight Gun Violence In West/Southwest Philadelphia
”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: Man Fighting For Life After Being Shot 16 Times In North Philadelphia Double Shooting, Police Say
The thumb implant trial is taking place in the United Kindom and hospitals in New York, Rochester, Boston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Diego.