Are You Looking For An Alternative For Knee Surgery?

5o is the new 40… but your knees might not agree.

Many of us are leading a much more active lifestyle than our parents generation. While fantastic for our overall health and well-being, it’s not always great for our joints.  If you have chronic knee pain and it has been suggested that you need knee surgery, you might be searching for an alternative.

Knee replacement surgery is basically replacing parts of the joint with an artificial implant.  It will never have the same capabilities or range of motion as your natural joint.  It also carries the same risks as any surgery, and the implant has a limited life expectancy.

An emerging alternative for knee surgery is Stem Cell Therapy.  Stem Cell Therapy is a procedure using your own stem cells to encourage the self-repair of joints such as your knees.

Knee Replacement Surgery Cons

Stem Cell Therapy has a short-term recovery of 2-3 days.  That means you may experience some stiffness or swelling immediately following your procedure. Tylenol may be taken to help ease the discomfort.

Return to normal activity should occur in 2-5 days following the procedure.

Because stem cells need time to repair the joint damage naturally, pain relief time varies between patients.  Differences have been noticed in as little as four weeks and up to 4 months and beyond.

On average, most patients will notice changes in pain level in approximately 8 weeks.

Knee replacement surgery has a short-term recovery of 2-3 months.  Short term recovery only means you can walk without assistance and use over the counter medication for pain instead of stronger prescription medication.

Long-term recovery takes from 6-12 months, before resuming normal activity for most people.

For many people knee surgery is not a preferred option.

Approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the US. Approximately 11% of those surgeries require corrective, or “revision” surgeries.   The majority of these surgeries are performed on people age 50 and above.

Given that 5o years old is considered quite young in modern times, and a knee replacement has a life expectancy of less than 15 years in an active individual, that makes revision and/or secondary surgeries a real concern.

A “revision”, or secondary surgery has a higher rate of complications than the primary surgery.

Complications that may require revision surgery include:
Bone Fracture Component breaking
Dislocation Joint instability
Joint pain Joint swelling
Loosening of implant Misaligned component

The common complications of knee surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Different leg length – A different leg length often puts more pressure on other joints as well as the spine, which can lead to pain in other areas.
  • Poor joint mobility – An artificial joint will never have the mobility of a natural joint, which can lead to an altered gait, causing pain in other areas.
  • Nerve damage- If nerve damage occurs there is often no solution besides medication.

The Stem Cell Therapy Advantage

Stem Cell Therapy neither adds or takes away anything from your own body.

Using science and technology to concentrate and target repair, stem cells have the potential to heal damaged tissue and joints, without using invasive methods.

When is Stem Cell Therapy, as an alternative to knee surgery, a good option?

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