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October 9, 2011

Complications Associated with Knee Replacement

Knee replacement is increasing in frequency as means of treating symptomatic degenerative changes.

Over the last 10 years the number of partial and total knee replacements among patients 65 years and older has increased 100% ( 178,653 in 2008 to 357,472 in 2008).

Based on upon these numbers one would assume that knee replacements are safe and without  significant complication.

Unfortunately that is not the case.

Mohomed identified the following complications in patients who underwent knee replacement in 2000.

4670 cases of pneumonia

2788 pulmonary emboli.  blood clots

2908 heart attacks


Previous blogs have discussed complications associated with knee replacement surgery including wear particles, MOM and death.

Stem cell therapy is an alternative to traditional  knee orthopedic surgery.  In a peer-reviewed publication,  202 patients underwent stem cell treatment with no serious complications.  Furthermore stem cell therapy is not associated with time-consuming physical therapy and significant restrictions which can cause muscle weakness and impaired range of motion.  Regenexx is  an advanced stem cell therapy utilizing a patient’s own stem cells to treat different orthopedic knee conditions.

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