Please remember that surgeons are trained to see surgery as the main means to an end. If you visit a surgeon, surgery will most likely be recommended. There are other avenues for you to pursue. Number one would be to see a non surgical physician such as a muscular skeletal specialist (Dr. Todd Holmes in St. Louis Park, MN). There are many options of which all should be thoroughly exhausted before resorting to surgery. Osteoarthritis is a very common condition, don’t let the diagnosis overwhelm your good sense for Mother Nature to ‘treat’ you. Increase your Fish Oil intake to 3,000 mg per day, as well as increase your physical activity. Take an hour long walk everyday, do 20 minutes of stretching, swim laps 3 x a week, etc. Take up a hobby you enjoy, photography or volunteering within your community. Take time to read the classics or whatever you find enjoyment in learning about. Mind over matter is a powerful aid. Remember that – “Woman are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until they are in hot water” -Eleanor Roosevelt.