LiveScience, a reputable breaking science news blog, recently reported on advancements in the use of stem cell therapy as an alternative to hip replacement surgery. Stem cell therapy as an alternative to a major, risky and invasive surgery, brings huge scientific advancements in the treatment of degenerative orthopedic conditions.
Risks of Hip Surgery and Reconstruction
While hip replacement surgery is the leading treatment for degenerative conditions affecting the hip joint, it is a major surgical procedure with a variety of associated risks. Patients who undergo hip surgery may be subject to blood clots, infection, future fracture of the bones involved in the damaged joint, dislocation and other complications. In addition, hip surgery has its limitations and is widely considered a temporary fix. The same degenerative effects that impacted the original hip will also eventually take effect on the new, synthetic joint. This is especially relevant to younger individuals suffering from degenerative joint conditions.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy on Hip and other Joints
The LiveScience article, which focuses on stem cell therapy for hip joints, references a recent research paper by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and researchers from Cytex Therapeutics, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In this study, researchers found that stem cell therapy could be especially useful to those with osteoarthritis. Of particular importance, researchers were able to resurface the whole hip area and create a replacement the size of the entire joint. While joint replacement therapy is the most common treatment of a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis, the LiveScience article reiterates that doctors are often reluctant to prescribe this kind of procedure, especially to patients younger than 50 given the limited lifespan of artificial joints, typically less than 20 years. Follow up joint replacement surgery can also be especially risky.
Enter stem cell therapy, with its potential to help regenerate the cartilage and tissue around the hip joint and act as a potential alternative to risky surgical procedures. Since as early as 2008, doctors have been injecting stem cells directly into the hip joint to promote regrowth of the supporting tissues of the hip joint.
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