Knee Replacement Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy

About 7 million Americans have already undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.

If you have chronic or recurring joint pain that has not be alleviated by conservative therapies, you might be considering surgery. Other joint surgeries, such as joint repairs and reconstructions, are also performed frequently, which reveals the pervasiveness of joint problems. However, adipose stem cell therapy is now providing many people with a viable alternative to surgery.

Joint problems can develop as a result of both injuries and disease, including:

  • Arthritis

  • Overuse injuries

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Muscle strain

  • Inherited joint abnormalities

Although joint surgery has gotten safer and replacement joints last longer than before, preserving your natural joints as long as possible is preferable in nearly every case. Keeping your natural joints healthy and strong as you age can help reduce inflammation, preserve function and prevent future injury.

One way to do this is through stem cell injections. Adult stem cells can be found in adipose, or fat, tissue. These stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can form new tissues. During a stem cell treatment, the adipose tissue is harvested, concentrated and injected back into the damaged joints.

When stem cells are collected and injected into your joints, they stimulate your body’s repair process and can stop or even reverse the damage by eliminating inflammation and speeding healing while improving function. While those who undergo surgery often have lengthy recovery periods followed by physical therapy, those who opt for stem cell treatment have faster, easier recoveries. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and while a knee brace may be needed for a few weeks, most patients can be moving within a day of their procedure. They can often even begin gentle exercises within a week.

Stem cell treatments also bring fewer risks and conversations. While most joint surgeries are completed without a hitch, they do carry risks, including infection, blood clots, nerve damage and allergic reactions. Stem cell therapy is performed using your own stem cells, so there is no risk of rejection or allergies. The procedure is minimally invasive, reducing the risk of nerve damage, bleeding, clots and infection. Finally, results from surgery can take months, but stem cell surgery offers improvement often within just a few weeks.

If you want to avoid knee replacement surgery, stem cell treatment might be an option for you. Only a professional can tell you for sure. Contact us today to learn more.