Hip Replacement Surgery vs. Stem Cell Treatment

Billions of highly specialized cells form the tissues and organs of your body, including your skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Every day, old cells die, and stem cells regenerate new cells. Stem cells are a unique type of cell that can transform into virtually any other type of cell. Your body contains several types of stem cells, including adipose stem cells, which are found in fat tissue.

Fat tissue offers a plentiful supply of anti-inflammatory stem cells with healing attributes, and when properly processed, they can be used to treat degenerative conditions, such as hip arthritis. In fact, stem cell therapy is quickly becoming one of the more popular hip replacement alternatives.

Hip Replacement Surgery

While hip replacement surgery continues to be a common procedure for those with osteoarthritis in the hip joint, this highly invasive treatment is certainly not without risks or complications. 

Common complications of hip replacement surgery include: 

  1. Loosening of the joint

If the prosthetic joint is smaller than the natural joint socket, it can slip out of place easily, causing a dislocation, which could eventually necessitate further surgery.

  1. Blood clots

Any surgery carries with it the risk of blood clots due to both the pressure on the veins during surgery and the reduced mobility during the recuperation period.

  1. Infection

Up to 5 percent of patients suffer from surgical site infections, and severe or persistent infections can lead to the need for removing the prosthetic device.

  1. Fracture

Rarely, the healthy bone tissue can be fractured during surgery, requiring additional surgery to treat.

Stem Cell Treatment

Hip joint problems respond well to treatments using adipose stem cells. Stem cell therapy can be used with a variety of hip injuries and degenerative conditions, including: 

  • Arthritis

  • Bursitis

  • Labral tear

  • Labrum tear

  • Osteonecrosi

  • Tendinopathy

During a stem cell treatment, these special cells are removed from your body’s fat reserves, concentrated and re-injected into the problem areas to heal the injuries. The entire process can be completed in a single day, and you can return to your regular activities right away without a long, painful recovery. It is minimally invasive, and most patients notice gradual improvement as the stem cells go to work healing their joints and restoring function. 

Contact us today to learn more about stem cell treatment and hip replacement alternatives or to schedule an appointment.