Arthritic knee pain is an epidemic radically affecting the daily lives of nearly 25 % of US adults. It’s no surprise that many adults are turning to total knee replacement surgery as the answer to pain management.
The volume of knee replacement surgery is expected to increase substantially. By 2050 the volume of knee replacements will increase by 147%.
While knee replacement surgery may be the right option for some knee pain patients, it is crucial to consider what other options you have. Before resorting to knee replacement surgery as the answer for chronic arthritic knee pain, it is crucial to consider these five facts:
1. Knee replacement surgery offers little to no guarantee of increased movement or decreased pain
Knee replacement surgery is an expensive procedure. The average joint replacement surgery costs between ($15,000-$70,000.) Even with insurance coverage, the average out of pocket cost is between $7,200-and $12,015. Although most people turn to knee replacement surgery to solve their arthritic knee pain, there is no guarantee that your pain will disappear after knee replacement surgery. Although the majority of knee replacement patients experience relief from surgery, 10% of knee replacement patients noted that they experienced even more pain after knee replacement surgery. What was once sought after to be the solution for knee pain may be causing an influx of more chronic pain. Patients often resort to narcotics to manage this increased pain, leading to drug use and dependency.
2. Not a long term solution to arthritic knee pain
Knee replacement surgery is a temporary fix for a long-term problem. Generally speaking, the average lifespan of knee implants ranges from 15 to 20 years. Depending on the patient’s age, they will most likely need additional surgical procedures years down the road. Younger patients may require a knee revision, a reoperation in which the original prosthetic implant needs to be removed and replaced with another implant.
In many cases, a knee replacement patient will need an additional procedure to clean up the surrounding bone surface and reattach implants several years after being put in.
It’s not uncommon for some patients to require an entirely new replacement of one or both knee implants in their lifetime.
3. Knee replacement surgery comes with many risks and complications
Major surgery comes with risks, and knee replacement surgery is no different. Although it’s standard to give antibiotics during the procedure, an infection may still arise in a small number of knee replacement patients. A traditional knee replacement surgery will have a recovery time of about 6-12 months.
Other risks include:
- Hospital readmission
- Stiffness of the knee
- Allergic reaction to prosthetics
- Damage to surrounding veins and nerves
- Seasonal effects
4. Many knee replacement patients will seek regenerative therapy treatment after knee replacement
There is a growing number of knee pain patients turning to regenerative medicine therapy as an alternative to traditional knee replacement surgery. While knee replacement surgery may be a temporary solution, the long-term problem is never fully resolved. Many knee patients don’t fully understand that the joint tissue and fluids need to be regenerated for the knee to heal fully.
You can replace the tires on your car, but an oil change is still required to ensure the vehicle runs smoothly. The same goes for your joints.
At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we pinpoint the root of the problem, healing our patients from the inside out. Unlike traditional surgery that covers up the damaged joints with prosthetics, we work to regenerate the damaged joint tissue to both repair and prevent the joints from degenerating in the future. We offer our patients Stem Cell and Hyaluronic Acid Injection Therapy to treat and prevent pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.
5. Stem Cell Therapy is safe and effective in treating chronic arthritic knee pain
Stem Cell Therapy treatment is a highly effective, nonintrusive way of treating and preventing arthritic knee pain and inflammation. With little to no recovery time, patients typically return to their daily routine immediately after an injection.
Unlike traditional knee replacement surgery, there is virtually no downtime to recover when treating arthritic knee pain with stem cell therapy injections. It’s important to note that not all stem cell therapy treatment is equal, and there are specific factors that will determine the success rate of stem cell therapy treatment for knee pain.
Three crucial factors of stem cell therapy treatment
- The Stem Cells used in treatment must be FDA-approved Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cells. When administered correctly, Human Umbilical Stem cell injections have a high success rate in treating arthritic knee pain.
- In addition, injections are 30-40% more effective when administered using ultrasound technology guidance to ensure accuracy and efficiency. At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, our stem cell therapy patients receive injections administered with ultrasound guidance.
- Hyaluronic Acid injections have been proven to speed up the process of joint degeneration.
At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we use human umbilical cord stem cell therapy to treat and prevent knee pain. This form of regenerative therapy is an excellent treatment option with long-lasting effects. A total of 1.2 million Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cells replicate every day, continuing to regenerate for an entire year. When administered correctly, the impact of this treatment will generally last for as long as it took for the joint to degenerate in the first place.
Find out if regenerative medicine is right for you.
Knee degeneration is a natural part of life, but thanks to regenerative medicine therapy, it doesn’t have to control how we live. At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we value that every one of our patients is different. We offer a risk-free screening to each prospective patient to assess if Regenerative Medicine therapy is right for them.
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