Have you been diagnosed with OA, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis and told surgery is your only option? You may not have to be one of the approximately 600,000 people who undergo knee replacement surgery this year. Cutting-edge therapies like regenerative tissue and platelet-rich plasma injections offer new hope to people seeking natural, non-invasive ways to get pain-free and regain use of their knees.
You already know that a knee replacement surgery is a highly invasive procedure that is quite painful for most patients and comes with lots of downtime and expense, including weeks of physical therapy. What you might not know is that only 1 in 20 people who undergo knee surgery actually resolve their knee pain and regain full function and regular activity.
Other risks associated with knee replacement surgery include:
- Chronic knee pain
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Blood clots
- Allergic reactions
- Metal particles in the blood or tissues
- And more
Unfortunately, there are patients whose condition is too far progressed to be treated with regenerative medicine and whose only hope is knee replacement surgery. But for those patients who still have some healthy cartilage left in their knee joint, treatments like regenerative tissue and platelet-rich plasma may likely be able to help you get out of pain and get moving again.
Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery
While your specific treatment plan will be agreed upon between you and the doctor, the two highly effective therapies we offer here at Vitality Ageless Center are PRP injections and regenerative tissue therapy.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) – PRP injections are a treatment that provides the injured area with the necessary components to boost the body’s natural healing response in that area, repairing damaged cells and encouraging new healthy cell growth.
The procedure is minimally invasive and consists of taking a very small sample of your blood, processing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, and injecting this potent concentration of healing cells back into the injured area. There is little to no downtime after the procedure, and it is one of the most affordable types of regenerative medicine offered.
Regenerative tissue – Regenerative tissue therapy is one of the most potent treatments we offer and is similar to PRP’s premise, except the material doesn’t come from your body. We source the regenerative tissue from a substance called Wharton’s Jelly, which is harvested from the umbilical cord after a successful c-section, donated by a pre-screened mother.
Neither mother nor baby is affected by the procedure, and we believe the material in Wharton’s Jelly is of the highest quality. After all, that regenerative tissue just helped grow an entire healthy baby in just nine months. Imagine what it could do for your knee! Through injecting this potent tissue into the knee, the body’s natural healing process is aided and spurred on, allowing rapid new growth and healing at a cellular level.
The thing with these therapies is as the knee progresses through stages of damage from osteoarthritis or other degenerative conditions, the amount of healthy tissue left to work with lessens, reducing the likelihood of being helped by these treatments.
As soon as you are aware of the knee pain or the possible prognosis, it’s time to determine if you are a candidate for these or other treatments to help avoid knee replacement surgery. Reach out to our team today to set up your complimentary consultation, and let’s see how we can help you avoid painful, expensive, and risky surgery.