Osteoarthritis 36 years old

Hi. I’m in a real middle. I had two meniscus repairs last year (trims) in my lateral compartment. Knee continued to buckle and severe pain. Latest surgery shown I have osteoarthritis in that part of the knee. My surgeon found someone who would do a partial knee replacement for me. I heard nothing for 8 weeks abs found out on Friday it’s been rejected due to my age. I am now being sent to someone at a bios hospital for articulate cartlidge regeneration. I can’t find anything online about this. Im on so many tablets and creams and still in severe pain. Im not coping. Any advice is really greatfully received.



  • Hi Stacey (Trav56),

    Thank you for posting on the Helpline Forum. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing so much pain in your knee despite previous surgery and you have now been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA). It sounds as if you are going through a rough time, and it must feel confusing to be offered one treatment and then another procedure instead. Talking things through further with your specialist and GP may help to clarify things for you. You could also ask for a review of your pain medication. Gentle exercise, a healthy balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can also help to make a difference to how you feel. If you have not seen a physiotherapist recently, you could ask about this too.

    I hope you will find the information given below of some help. A new procedure has been developed for early OA to reduce the need for knee replacement in younger people which involves regeneration of cartilage. This may be what your specialist is considering. Research funded by Versus Arthritis led to the development of treatment to repair damaged cartilage in early-stage osteoarthritis called Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI), which is now available on the NHS.

    I have also included a link to knee pain which I hope will help too. 

    If at any point you would like to talk things through informally and in confidence, you are welcome to call our Free Helpline on 0800 5200 520 weekdays 9am – 6pm.

    Best wishes,

    Fiona, Helpline Advisor 

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