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January 17, 2010

Is Knee Arthroscopy Effective ?

Knee arthroscopy is a common orthopedic procedure.  It is estimated that 1 million arthroscopic knee surgeries are performed annually in this country.

Knee arthroscopy involves making a small incision into the knee-joint through which a small camera and surgical tools are inserted.

Various parts of the knee are visualized which include the meniscus, the cartilage and supporting ligaments.  When damage is noted the area can be debrided:  rough surfaces are made smooth.

This is a significant advancement from the open surgeries performed in the 1980’s.

Is knee arthroscopy effective?

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis  provided no additional benefit to optimized physical and medical therapy.

A non surgical alternative to treat common orthopedic conditions is the use of your own mesenchymal  stem cells. The  Regenexx procedure allows patients to use their own mesenchymal stem cells to treat many knee, hip and shoulder conditions.

January 4, 2009

Open Knee Surgery Blogs

Open knee surgery blogs are common.

Open knee surgery blogs detail many issues including the reason for the surgery, the postoperative pain, the rehabilitation and the results.

Some blogs highlight the ” success” of surgical procedures on well known athletes such as Jordan Farmar and Tiger Woods.

While open knee surgery blogs are often times insightful they lack evidence based information. Rarely are peer reviewed articles are cited. The information can be incomplete or biased leaving readers with little or no meaningful information. Two cases in point. No knee surgery blog I read today mentioned that knee arthroscope was found to be no better than physical therapy in patients with osteoarthritis. Nor did I see any mention that meniscal tears are not by default painful and are seen with increasing age on MRI. Both articles were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Open knee surgery blogs often fail to mention alternatives. Cutting ones knee open, cutting ligaments and meniscus and sometimes placing artificial grafts or screws into the bone is a serious undertaking with inherent risks and pain.


Regenexx offers patients an alternative. Utilizing your own stem cells, knee cartilage can be regenerated. Centeno published these results in a peer review journal. Stem cells can also be utilized to repair torn or damaged ligaments including the collateral ligaments and the cruciate. The procedure is does not require anesthesia or surgery. Rather it is a simple needle in, needle out procedure.Click here to see a video from a patient that underwent the Regenexx stem cell therapy.

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