Green Bay (WFRV) More than 50 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are many non-surgical treatment options to treat the pain~ but for some sufferers they don’t work.
In healthwatch chelly boutott tells us that surgery can be a good option for some.
Arthritis is the nation’s number 1 cause of disability but sufferers don’t have to live with the pain.
John Berry is in for his annual checkup with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jagdeep Sohdi to make sure the joint replacement in his arthritic finger isn’t causing any pain, “I think he did a great job,” said John Berry, arthritis patient.
Several years ago John was having a lot of pain in his left index finger due to severe arthritis in his joint, “The index finger was pretty sore couldn’t move too much. there wasn’t a lot I could do with that hand ,” said John.
John’s doctor tried anti inflammatory medications, physical therapy and finally cortisone shots. But the shots only worked for awhile, “Went back several times over the next year got more cortisone injections and eventually they just didn’t do any good anymore,” explained John.
So John went to Dr. Sodhi at Aurora Baycare Medical Center who specializes in hand, wrist and elbows. Jon had exhausted all non-surgical options to relieve the pain, “At some point this all failed and he was still having limitations and it came down to do we go on to fusion because its a border digit or replace,” explained Dr. Jagdeep Sohdi, orthopedic surgeon, Aurora Baycare Medical Center.
Dr. Sodhi suggested a total joint replacement, “We take those off and we put implants in there that are shaped as those structures so the finger can function as it did before,” explained Dr. Sohdi.
Joint replacement surgery isn’t for everyone, “Surgery is meant as an end modality not something we take on initially,” said Dr. Sohdi.
To let those suffering from arthritis know what options are out there, Dr. Sodhi is leading Aurora BayCare’s orthopedic seminar series on wrist and elbow arthritis treatment options, “Now we have solutions there’s alternatives to surgery there’s the herbal side of things, there’s activity modification, there’s therapy, there’s a lot of avenues we can discuss and at the end there is always surgery,” said Dr. Sohdi.
And in John’s case surgery made his hand pain free, “The hand is perfect no pain no limitation on motion,” John said happily.
Aurora BayCare’s orthopedic seminar on wrist and elbow arthritis treatment options is Thursday, October 27th at 5:30.
The free seminar is at Aurora BayCare orthopedic & sports medicine center. You can find a link to the page here.