Cosmetic treatment for internal knee scars- is this a thing?
This is a question that I have never plucked up the courage to ask my consultant or even voice to those around me. If I am honest, I'm not sure how comfortable I feel acknowledging this to other people who also live with arthritis. I guess that I am ashamed that I have allowed the appearance of my knees to bother me. I am not generally someone who thinks much about my appearance; I don't wear make-up, rarely get my hair cut and have never felt the need to cover up my psoriasis. The appearance of my fused fingers and toes don't even bother me and I don't feel the need to hide them. However, for some reason, I am very conscious of the size of my knees. They are wider than my thighs and calves and people comment on them (in a sympathetic way, not to be cruel). I also find them awkward and the shape of them causes trousers to wear through quickly at the knee, even if they are baggy or stretchy.
Since having children (and therefore having 2 stints of 9 months off medication), the rheumatology team has struggled to get on top of my knee symptoms and this has left me with permanent scarring inside my knees. My youngest is nearly 8 so I've been back on biologics for a while but there hasn't been an improvement. I did have a synovectomy on my right knee due to a persistent rupture which caused my leg to fill with fluid, and although this fixed the latter problem for a short while, it did not change the overall appearance of my knees. New biologics work for a short while; they reduce the additional inflammation and allow for some additional movement but my knees still remain visibly large.
I do struggle with the pain of my arthritis but work incredibly hard to stop this from getting me down. It does impact my life but I have come to terms with this and have been able to adapt. Hope is the thing that keeps me going. The hope that there's a medication out there that will improve my overall condition or at the very least stop it from getting worse as well as the possibility that the size of my knees could be reduced.
In short, I guess that I would like to know whether cosmetic treatment to remove internal knee scar tissue is a thing and also would a rheumatologist take this request seriously. I would never expect the NHS to pay for such a thing due to it being for cosmetic reasons and may never go through with an operation. However, knowing there's an option would just give me that bit of hope that I look for to keep me going.
Also, does anyone else have similar PSA symptoms to me and do they have any top tips?
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