Have you been told you need a partial or total knee replacement? Have you struggled with the decision to deal with the risky surgery? Have you heard about the horror stories? You’re not alone.
Getting a total knee replacement seems like the first choice for many doctors instead of the last choice. There are many times when it is the best option. But there are also a tremendous amount of times when it just may be avoided due to stem cell therapy.
Sadly, too many people feel that since stem cell therapy is not paid for by insurance that it is not a good option. But, just because insurance pays for joint replacements does not mean it is the best option for you. The truth is your insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. Only you and your loved ones do. Insurance companies want to do whatever they can to keep getting insurance premiums. And as long as the premiums keep coming in they will keep paying for the surgeries because it’s a ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back’ system.
Stem cell therapy represents a possible threat to this system and you can bet there will be lobby groups and political fighting to try to discredit stem cell therapy.
We feel that joint replacements and stem cell therapy both have their space and we want to be sure you have the facts so that you can decide which is a better option for you and your loved ones.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the risks that you have to remind yourself of before finalizing your decision. There are not in any order.
- Stiffness of the knee.
Knee stiffness is a common issue that arises right after a total knee replacement. In fact, it’s one of the more commonly known dangers of total knee replacement. Some have reported that it gets better with time, while there are some that stated they had to go through physical therapy.
- Noise from the knee.
Getting a total knee replacement means that there will be artificial components where your original knee parts were. In areas involving joint functions, they may be replaced with artificial ones that cause noise. This often causes embarrassment. Plus, keep in mind the inconvenience and additional time you’ll need in order to be able to fly on a plane due to TSA security because you’ll have metal in your body.
- Worn out replacement.
Depending on where you had your knee replaced, it may become worn out sooner than later. This means that you’ll have to go through the process all over again just to make sure that your knee is fixed.
- Knee infection.
There are early and late infections that affect those that get a total knee replacement. Among the different dangers of total knee replacement include infections in the form of bacteria getting into the bloodstream then into the knee joint. Infection is one of the leading causes of death from complications due to surgery.
- Swollen knee.
A swollen knee after a total knee replacement can be caused by a variety of things. The most common that people point out is the blood clotting inside. This might happen if the patient isn’t placed on blood thinning medication weeks before the surgery.
- Allergic reaction.
It’s uncommon, but an allergic reaction to the artificial knee may be developed by someone who gets a total knee replacement. This will cause their body to reject all the different components. The symptoms will differ from person to person.
- Giving out.
The artificial knee may suddenly give out. This depends, of course, on the build and compatibility of the artificial knee. Not all artificial knees will work in the same places while doing the same activities. The knee suddenly giving out will be dangerous.
- Incompatibility with lifestyle.
A person who wants to have an active lifestyle may not be satisfied with a total knee replacement. This is yet another powerful reason stem cell therapy which brings back the knee instead of replacing it with artificial components, gets the upper hand.
- Anesthesia complications.
The last thing you’d think about when it comes to dangers of total knee replacement is a complication arising from the anesthesia. It’s rare, but there are people that do have an allergic reaction to anesthesia that can even cause death.
This is not an exhaustive list of the challenges associated with surgery. Many people have symptoms that would fall into the PTSD category due to the side effects of the anesthesia.
So what’s the alternative? Stem cell therapy is a safer approach. Studies have shifted the conversation from stem cell being an experimental cure to a proven powerful alternative that should be utilized first even for the most problematic injuries even those involving the knee.
Why get surgery when you can get stem cell therapy instead?