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December 27, 2008

Knee Surgery Rehabilitation


Knee surgery rehabilitation varies on the type of surgery performed.

Knee surgery rehabilitation is often minimal in patients who undergone knee arthroscopy.

Knee surgery rehabilitation is extensive for patients who undergo microfracture or total knee replacement. Knee surgery rehabilitation is often painful and requires large amounts of time at a physical therapy office.


Repair of damaged knee cartilage or meniscus does not always require surgery. The benefit of arthroscopy, a surgical procedure in which the surgeon places a small camera into the knee joint through small incisions has recently been questioned. Kirkley et al in the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that demonstrated knee arthroscopy in patients with osteoarthritis had no better outcomes that those that were treated with physical therapy and medicine.

Englund et al also questioned the utility of surgery on the meniscus when most meniscal tears are not associated with pain and only increase in prevalence with age.

Regenexx affords patients with knee pain and damaged cartilage and meniscus a non-surgical option. Regenexx utilizes a patients own stem cells to grow knee cartilage. Centeno et al demonstrated on MRI an increase in knee cartilage in patients who had undergone the Regenexx procedure. Patients are not exposed to the inherent risks of general anesthesia or surgery. The Regenexx procedure is a simple needle in, needle out procedure where a patients own stem cells are injected under x-ray guidance to the area of damage. Please review our patient testimonials.

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  1. I’m a 59 year old man, reasonably fit. For the past 10 years I have suffered knee pain as a result of worn out cartilage. A recent MRI also shows a meniscus damage. I think I could benefit from the Regenexx therapy. I will appreciate more info on the subject.

    Comment by Fernando Lopez — March 26, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

    • Thank u for your response. The New England Journal of Medicine in September 2008 published an excellent article that demonstrated that mensical tears on MRI are not a source of pain. Rather, meniscal tears were a function of the aging population and were present in a larger number of asymptomatic patients. For additional information on Regenexxm, please go to the website and complete the section entitled ” Am I A Candidate”.

      Comment by stemcelldoc — March 27, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

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