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January 7, 2009

Recovery from knee replacement surgery

Recovery from knee replacement surgery is extensive.  The knee is a complex joint which involves muscles, ligaments and cartilage.

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Knee replacement surgery is a major undertaking and involves cutting the ends of both the femur and the tibial plateau not to mention the supporting muscles and ligaments.  A prosthesis is then inserted with the expectation that it will fit correctly and function similar to one’s God given joint. 

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Risks of knee replacement surgeryinclude but are not limited to blood clot formation, infection, stiffness, implant loosening and failure.  Revision of total knee implants are ………………  The patient is also exposed to the inherent risks of anesthesia.

Postoperatively the patient is placed in a continuous passive motion machine (CPM) that constantly moves the knee.   Next the patient transitioned to a walker or crutches with extensive and often painful physical therapy.  Physical therapy while time consuming and painful not only  is essential but  is a critical part of the rehabilitation.

Now patients have an alternative to knee surgery, knee replacement and the extensive post knee surgery recovery process.  Regenexallows a patient to use their own stem cells to regenerate damaged cartilage.  Centeno published a study which clearly demonstrated an increase in knee  cartilage after stem cell therapy.  Avoid the lengthy painful recovery from knee replacement surgeryby using our own stem cells. To hear a testimonial of a patient who underwent stem therapy rather than surgery please click on video .

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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.

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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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