How common is total knee replacement surgery?
Total knee replacement is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the US. The number of these surgeries performed has doubled from 1999 to 2008, and 3.5 million procedures a year are expected to be performed by 2030.
How many of the total knee replacement surgeries performed annually are not necessary?
Studies have shown that approximately one-third of patients that underwent knee replacement were not good candidates for the procedure.
How successful is total knee replacement surgery?
One-third of knee replacement patients continued to have post-surgical pain. Patients with less severe arthritis found that knee replacement surgery had little or no effect on their quality of life.
How long will my knee replacement last? Will I need to do a knee replacement revision?
The latest materials used in knee surgery lasts longer so surgeons are offering knee replacement surgery to younger patients. This creates a problem whereby patients are outliving their knee replacement components and after years of use, most will need a knee revision replacement.
The above statistics are from a recent article from the Washington Post on total knee replacement surgery.
Are there any safe and effective regenerative orthopedic solutions to knee pain that do not include surgery?
1) Prolotherapy. This procedure has been used for 70 years and was found to decrease or eliminate pain in 91% of the patients in a clinical research study.
2) PRP - This procedure utilizes the platelets harvested and concentrated from the patients blood to tighten damaged ligaments and tendons. A recent study suggests PRP should be the first choice for the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the knee.
3) Stem cell-derived exosomes - This is the latest and most effective treatment that uses concentrated exosomes to reduce oxidative stress, promote cell survival and heal damaged ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
I've had knee surgery or total knee replacement but I'm still in pain. Can your office help get me out of pain?
Many of our patients thought that their knee replacement or surgery would get rid of their pain. Unfortunately, many patients continue to struggle with post-surgical pain for years before they realized that we can often help decrease their pain or help them become pain-free. Although the surgery replaced the bone-on-bone problem with a new knee joint, most patients still have ligament laxity and poor tendon attachments that keep the knee in proper alignment and move the joint in response to muscle contraction. Dr. Nelson is an expert at helping these patients get the results they were hoping for with a new knee by complementing the prosthetic joint with regenerative injection therapy.
Can your office help me with my knee pain? Am I a good candidate for non-surgical treatment with prolotherapy, PRP, or stem-cell derived regenerative injections?
Patients with knee pain wondering if we can help can schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. William Nelson, knee pain specialist., to determine if we can help resolve your hip pain. Please contact our Scottsdale or Flagstaff, AZ office at 602-692-4626 to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to helping you. We can help with: torn ACL, PCL, medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus, osteoarthritis, bursitis, baker's cyst, nerve pain, and pain resulting from auto accidents, chonic or acute injuries or post knee surgery or knee replacement pain.
Dr. William Nelson, Scottdale's knee pain specialist, has been performing regenerative orthopedics since 1996 and continually is improving his craft by combining the time-honored materials and techniques of the original prolotherapist with the latest advances in regenerative injection therapeutic techniques.