A new study, published Oct. 3, shows that patients who undergo arthroscopic knee surgery for arthritis and degenerative meniscal (cartilage) tears have a 3-fold increased chance of needing a total knee replacement in the future! The study, published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, followed over 3337 patients yearly for 9 years. Enrolled patients either had, or were at high risk for developing, symptomatic arthritis.
This study comes as no surprise for those of us who practice Regenerative Medicine and non-surgical orthopedics. We routinely see patients whose condition worsens following surgery. Given that there are excellent non-surgical alternatives for treating osteoarthritis and meniscal tears, such as fat-derived stem cell injections, patients should think long and hard before undergoing surgery for treating symptomatic arthritis and degenerative cartilage tears.
Here at Valley Sports Physicians we’ve been performing PRP and stem cell injections since 2007 and 2008, respectively – longer than most in the country. Few practices have the skill and experience that we have in utilizing these exciting treatments. Contact us today to see if we can help you!