“No pain no gain”. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” and “desperate times call for desperate measures”. Heard of these quotes before? Of course you have! This is our lifestyle. These are a few sayings that wrap up how people in the United States view progress. We always tend to believe that the more a product or service costs the higher quality the product or service will be. We think that the more hours you work the more you’ll accomplish in a day. We have this mindset ingrained into our brains and we even take this mindset with us when we consider surgery, such as knee replacement surgery. We think that the only way to see results is to go to extreme measures and replace our original joints with artificial ones.
Not all pain is gain!
The truth is that not all pain is gain. Overpriced products and services are not always high quality. People that come to the office an hour early and stay an hour late are not always more productive than people who work shorter hours. Painful and expensive surgeries, such as knee replacement surgeries, are not always as effective as regenerative medicine.
Failed Knee Surgery
Doesn’t it seem a little risky to replace your joint with an artificial one? It makes a lot of people squeamish to even think that while they are put to sleep they are going to undergo an intense surgery that involves an 8-12” incision on their leg.
This isn’t even the scary part. It’s safe to say that the surgery itself is pretty safe. After all there are around 700,000 knee surgeries per year in the U.S. However, the scary part is that a lot of complications arise after the surgery is complete.
Even the Hospital for Special Surgery admits that 1 in 5 people will experience pain for months or years after their surgery is complete! I’m not particularly fond of gambling. I’m afraid of betting a few dollars on a game of poker because I know the odds are against me. I would especially be fearful if I had to take my chances with knee replacement surgery after learning about the odds. Due to the cost of knee replacement surgery, the amount of pain and the therapy that follows, I would expect the odds to be 1 in 1000 of a complication to arise, not one in 5.
According to the source,
“Dr. Ranawat says that more than 80 percent of patients who undergo revision knee surgery can expect to have good to excellent results. However, he cautions that complete function is not restored for all patients and “up to 20 percent of patients may still experience pain following surgery for months or even years.”
“Dr. Ranawat says there are five primary reasons why a knee implant fails:
Wear and loosening: Friction caused by joint surfaces rubbing against each other wears away the surface of the implant causing bone loss and loosening of the implants.
Infection: Large metal and plastic implants can serve as a surface onto which bacteria can latch.
Fracture: Fractures around the knee implant that disrupt its stability may require revision surgery.
Instability: A sensation of the knee “giving away” may mean that the soft-tissue surrounding the knee is too weak to support standing and walking. Improperly placed implants may also cause instability.
Stiffness: Loss of range of motion which causes pain and a functional deficit.”
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The video above is footage of a Stem Cell Therapist who discusses issues that we often experience as well. Not everyone who is interested in Stem Cell Therapy is just trying to avoid surgery. Some people come to us because they went through knee surgery and it wasn’t effective. Perhaps the potential patient didn’t want to undergo surgery again and now they’re looking for other options.
In the video they talk about patients that might have even had an effective surgery but it didn’t solve all of their problems. For example if you are experiencing knee pain because you have a torn meniscus of course the surgeon will go in and take out the piece of meniscus that was torn. That would be considered a successful surgery. However, the patient can still be experiencing pain. What if the patient also had worn cartilage? Removing a torn meniscus won’t fix cartilage wear.
The video also talks about patients that experience as much pain after knee surgery because the knee didn’t heal properly. Let’s say the only cause of pain the patient was experiencing was from the torn meniscus. The surgeon removes the painful meniscus but the patient can still feel pain because the area didn’t heal properly. Sometimes an injection of stem cells to the affected area is all it will take to heal the joint fully and get the patient feeling great again!
It’s easy to listen to your parents, relatives, friends, colleagues and other people who have already experienced knee replacement surgery. Referrals from your friends and family are the most trusted resources you have. However, stem cell therapy is a new opportunity for people experiencing joint pain. Chances are that your parents, relatives and friends have never even heard of stem cell therapy. They didn’t have the option when they were experiencing knee pain. However, before you jump ship and sign up for knee surgery you owe it to yourself to consider stem cell therapy. Wouldn’t’ it be nice to heal your joints with an outpatient procedure? Wouldn’t it be nice to decrease your recovery time by 80%? Check out the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pa. today!
Hospital For Special Surgery. (2010, July 12). FIVE REASONS WHY KNEE REPLACEMENTS FAIL[Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.hss.edu/newsroom_five-reasons-why-knee-replacements-fail.asp