Considering Regenerative Medicine as an Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery has substantially increased over the last 10 years. A new government study has shown that hip replacement surgeries have jumped by 205%, specifically within the age group of 45 to 54. Furthermore, hip replacement surgery has increased by 92% with patients among 75 years and older.
What’s the Driving Factor Behind Hip Replacement Surgery?
According to WebMD, osteoarthritis is the leading cause behind the uptick in hip replacement surgeries. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where cartilage in the hip breaks down over time. This leads to bone-on-bone contact, which creates pain, stiffness, and limits mobility. The hip contains a large joint that is responsible for carrying significant weight during walking and exercising—and osteoarthritis can be debilitating for everyday life.
Overview of Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure where a doctor removes the hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint, which is typically made from metal and plastic components. This is often the last resort to alleviate pain when other traditional options of pain management have failed. The goal is to help reduce pain of the hip and help the patient be able to walk normally.
However, hip replacement surgery poses several problems and complications—which includes the following:
- Hip surgery is an invasive procedure which typically takes 6 weeks to recover, although some patients may take as long as 6 months to 1 year for full recovery
- Hip replacement surgery may lead to injury with nerves and blood vessels
- Patients may experience loosening of the joint over time
- Heart attack is another serious risk of hip replacement surgery due to the body’s decreased ability to form blood clots
What’s a Safe Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery?
Regenerative medicine is bringing a new approach to treating hip pain. It’s a safe alternative to hip replacement surgery, and it’s changing the way that patients alleviate pain from hip osteoarthritis.
Advanced Regenerative Medicine uses innovative technology to extract adipose-Stromed cells with extra-cellular matrix from adipose tissue. This allows the body to use its own stem cells to promote healing. The idea behind regenerative medicine is to eliminate the need for invasive surgery with a much faster recovery time—getting you back on your feet with full mobility and substantially less pain.
Contact ARM to discuss your options with regenerative medicine as an alternative to hip replacement surgery.