Safety First

Whenever evaluating treatment options for your arthritis, you need to consider the potential risks associated with the treatment regimen. Balancing effectiveness while minimizing risks are the key to making smart decisions regarding your musculoskeletal health.  Here are some interesting facts.

A recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery enthusiastically announced that the rates of complications after hip, knee, and spinal surgery have declined over the last decade.

Reading deeper into the article you see the following: Complications that the authors considered significant included ones that affected the neurologic, cardiac, kidney, or GI systems. They also included blood clots in the lungs and wound infections. These complications in the hospital after knee replacement occurred in 9% of patients, and in 10% after hip replacement.

Death after knee replacement occurred in 0.2% and after hip replacement in 0.3% This means that for every 1000 people who receive a knee replacement, 2 will die, and for every 1000 people who receive a hip replacement 3 will die.

Heart attacks within 6 weeks after joint replacement surgery occur in 1 in 200 for knee surgery and 1 in 500 for hip surgery.  Within 2 weeks of surgery, the risk of heart attacks are 31x higher after knee replacement and 25x higher after hip replacement.

Metal ion release after from a metal joint prosthesis after replacement surgery can be dangerous as well and issues regarding allergies to the implant need to be considered as well.

When you consider that in 2010 there were 719,000 knee replacements and 332,00 hip replacements, the number of complications can be daunting.

Compare that to the Regenexx same day stem cell procedure. The risk of life threatening complications is negligible. Other groups with experience with stem cell treatments for orthopedic conditions have shown similar results as well. The risks of these treatments is similar to the risks associated with other injection based treatments, significantly lower than joint replacement surgery.

Choose good, sound, long term decisions when it comes to your health. Go for treatments that work, and try to avoid ones that have too much risk when it comes to treating non life threatening conditions.


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