Surgery may not be something any of us like to contemplate, but it is something some people with arthritis will have to consider. So, consider this: If you have advanced arthritis; if your life has become an endless round of medications for pain; if your ability to perform the simplest activities of daily life is steadily diminishing, surgery just might turn your life around.
'Surgery isn't an admission of defeat,' says Dr. David E. Hastings, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Toronto's former Wellesley Hospital, 'nor is it a last resort when all else fails.'
Surgery for arthritis is just one aspect of your overall treatment plan. Its primary purpose is twofold: to relieve pain and restore function. For many people with arthritis, surgery is like an answer to a prayer: a release from pain, and a renewed contract with life.