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Considering Knee Replacement Surgery? Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Going Under the Knife: Part Three
One alternative to knee surgery that you may not know about is called regenerative orthopedics, and it uses your body’s own stem cells to heal itself. It can eliminate the need, or prolong the need for surgery, and some surgeons actually advise patients to try this before opting for surgery.
Here’s a quick look at what makes stem cell treatments so amazingly effective:
First, stem cells are “multipotent,” which means they can transform themselves into many different kinds of cells (like cartilage, tendons, ligaments, etc.). When stem cells are introduced directly into the tear in a ligament, they transform into ligament cells, and repair the damage by actually re-growing the ligament.
And wouldn’t you prefer your own body regrows your damaged tendon, ligament or cartilage rather than have it surgically repaired?
Now, a second huge benefit of stem cells is called “angiogenesis,” which is the creation of new blood cells. This is crucial because tendons, ligaments and cartilage are “avascular,” meaning they lack blood vessels. Stem cells actually create new blood vessels where none existed before, and boost blood flow to the area. Blood can then reach the damaged area, which allows nutrients and oxygen to reach it, and begin healing. Without this flow of nutrients and oxygen, your damaged tendon, ligament or cartilage can’t heal, and requires surgery. So stem cells create new blood flow and make natural healing possible.
The third major benefit to stem cell treatments is the support they give the cells surrounding the damaged area. Cell death is called apoptosis. When a cell is badly damaged, it initiates apoptosis and basically kills itself off. But stem cells latch on to these damaged cells and rejuvenate them, bringing them back to health and staving off apoptosis. And when these damaged cells are brought back to full health, they support surrounding cells in the area and help them function better and create an environment of healing.
The last benefit of stem cell treatments we’ll look at is their anti-inflammatory effect. You see, stem cells have immediate medicinal properties that ease inflammation and the pain associated with it. When they’re introduced into a damaged area, they immediately work to reduce your inflammation and end your pain. This helps end your troubles with swollen, arthritic knee joints or painful tendonitis.
If you use your own body’s stem cells, there’s no chance of any rejection problems or complications with them like there could be with surgical implants. Plus, these treatments are superior because:
- Stem cell treatments are extremely safe
- There are virtually zero potential complications
- They don’t require a hospital stay, in fact they’re performed right here in a facility the same day
- And, stem cell treatments don’t “burn any bridges” – meaning every option is still available to you.
You can never go back from having had a surgery.
Next month’s article will discuss the ultra-powerful stem cell and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) combination to start healing your knee and treating your pain.