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I had a left knee replacement operation about three and a half years ago for severe arthritus. It took me a long time to build up the courage to go through with the operation and managed the pain with steroid injections and Synvisc injections but after five years they were not effective and my only option was a knee replacement operation. So I summoned up the courage to go through with the operation.
I chose the best surgeon I could find and I am really pleased as I was driving and walking without crutches at four weeks.
My problem is now my right knee and since October I have started to experience the same pains as I had with the other knee. Apparently, I have moderate arthritus but I do not feel that it is bad enough at the moment to have a knee replacement.
My surgeon has offered me PRP injections which he reckons are better than steroid injection as they are supposed to slow the arthritus down although not cure it. Apparently, they are successful for about 70% of people who have slight to moderate arthritus. They are not available on the NHS and come at a cost.
Just wondering whether anyone has tried anything similar and and would be willing to share their experiences.
There is also the possibility of stem cell injections which seem to be becoming very popular
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