Woman refused joint injection which could delay knee replacement surgery

3rd May 2011

A widow who has been suffering from painful arthritis has been refused an injection which could ease pain and make her more mobile because of the cost.

Valerie Megades has been told it would be preferable for her to undergo costly knee replacement surgery than use these hyaluronic acid injections which act to lubricate the joint, as her local Primary Care Trust would not fund the procedure because it was not recommended, the Daily Mail reported.

The 64-year-old retired French teacher is now facing becoming increasingly housebound as she is terrified of falling and becoming immobile when she heads out.

She told the news provider: "I really don’t want to have the knee joints replaced because I’m scared about how I’m going to cope afterwards. Although I’m getting more and more house-bound, I want to put it off for as long as possible. When the consultant told me about these injections, they seemed like a really good idea. I was really upset when they suddenly said the treatment had been withdrawn."

These injections began life as a treatment for sports injuries many years ago, but have progressed into general medical use.

According to Zimmer, around 600,000 people worldwide undergo knee replacement surgery every year.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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