Stem Cell Treatment Vs. TKR Surgery
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than 1 in 4 Americans has a musculoskeletal impairment. The AAOS estimates that approximately 40 million musculoskeletal impairment-related visits are made to doctors’ offices each year, costing Americans $172 million in lost work days annually.
Each year more than 600,000 total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries are performed in the USA. Despite their popularity, many patients don't realize that TKR surgeries can take anywhere from six months to a year to fully heal, and even with successful recovery, many patients never regain their original strength.
Stem cell therapy can often delay or completely eliminate the need for TKR procedures. Stem cell therapy uses the patient's mesenchymal cells to repair the surrounding cartilage of the knee. When the stem cells are injected into the knee joint, they transform into cartilage-producing cells called chondrocytes. Chondrocytes replace lost cartilage while increasing the body’s ability to heal, decreasing inflammation, reducing scarring and naturally restoring function to the knee.