Knee Replacement vs. Stem Cell Therapy – Regenexx

Is knee replacement
surgery the only option to treat your knee arthritis? Knee arthritis rates are
skyrocketing, as well as the number of knee
replacement surgeries. About 600,000 surgeries are
performed in the US each year. These surgeries are
so common that it seems like everyone
who experiences knee arthritis these
days anticipates needing a knee replacement
at some point in their lives. But how much do we know
about these surgeries? What does the procedure entail? What are the possible
side effects? And how effective
is knee replacement in treating the symptoms
of osteoarthritis? First, let’s look at what knee
replacement surgery entails. The surgery requires the
patient be fully unconscious. The surgeon will open the
knee up from the front and amputate the bone
above and below the joint. A metal prosthesis is inserted
into both the thigh and lower leg bones, with a plastic
surface between the two to promote smooth articulation. The surgery typically
takes several hours, with the recipient returning
to most daily activities in anywhere from a
few months to a year. While many patients
envision knee replacement like replacing a bad
part on their car, the reality of side effects and
outcomes is quite different. Some of the more severe side
effects of knee replacement are a 200% to 300% increase in
the risk for bleeding stomach ulcers, a 3100%
increase in heart attack risk for the two weeks after
knee replacement surgery. And in 2008, the National
Hospital Sampling System indicated that there were 5,000
deaths due to knee replacement in Medicare beneficiaries. There have also been
several recent studies showing how knee replacement
prostheses shed metal and other wear particles
into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. The long-term effects
of these particles are unknown at this point. So now let’s look at how
effective knee replacement surgeries are. With the procedure
being so widely used, you would think that success
rates are extremely high. So you might be
surprised to learn that the medical
community doesn’t actually have high levels of
scientific evidence that knee replacements
are all that effective. In fact, an Oxford
University scientist recently commented long-term data
on total knee replacement is largely limited to revision,
leaving clinicians and patients in the dark about outcomes
such as residual pain and disability. One of the primary symptoms
that a knee replacement surgery attempts to alleviate
is the patient’s level of pain caused by
the osteoarthritis. However, a recent study
asked surgery patients detailed questions about
their levels of pain after knee replacement surgery
and found the following. Most patients had levels of
pain between 2 out of 10 and 5 out of 10 after their
knee was replaced. So while most people
considering knee replacement believe that surgery will
eliminate their pain, this research indicates
that many patients continue to experience
significant pain following the surgery. Another recent study
indicated that only about half of the patients reported
significant improvement after a knee replacement. And for heavier patients
receiving knee replacements, a successful recovery
is even less likely. Finally, a recent study
showed that patients with the most severe arthritis
reported the worst outcomes when their knee was replaced. This is a big problem
as most patients seeking knee replacement
have severe arthritis. Now, consider the
nonsurgical alternative. The Regenexx SD procedure is a
proprietary same-day procedure that uses your own stem
cells to help osteoarthritis. Stem cells are the
repairmen of the body. They act to stimulate the
natural healing properties of our own bodies, rather
than adding foreign objects to replace worn out joints. Nobody on Earth has treated
more arthritis patients with stem cells and
tracked their outcomes for longer periods of
time than Regenexx. Throughout the years, we have
gained a unique knowledge into what works and
what doesn’t, optimizing our procedures along the
way to produce the best possible patient outcomes. For example, in tracking over
500 knee arthritis patients who received the Regenexx
SD procedure, here’s what the average
percentage improvements looked like over time. This registry data means that
when all patient results were averaged at each time point
following a procedure, patients reported between
50% and 70% improvement in their symptoms. And between three
months and three years after receiving the Regenexx
SD procedure, about 7 in 10 patients reported
noticeable improvement in their symptoms and pain. And unlike the knee
replacement study, our registry data indicated
that the patient severity of arthritis, age,
sex, or weight had little impact on
the treatment outcome. While most patients opt
for a single procedure, that same analysis showed
that if a patient had a partial response to the
first Regenexx SD procedure, a second procedure
usually provided significant additional relief. And for those concerned about
the side effects and risks involved with knee
replacement surgery, there have been no similar
serious complications associated with the
Regenexx procedure based on our extensive
treatment registry. Lastly, Regenexx patients
experience very little downtime and disruption to their everyday
lives from the procedure. And they avoid the lengthy and
painful rehabilitation period that follows an invasive
knee replacement surgery.

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