New Wine Into Old Wine Skins
Modern medicine and more advanced information about health is keeping us upright longer, but unfortunately our joints are having trouble keeping up. Whether we’re harder on them than we used to be or we’re just living longer, the problem is we’re outliving our joints. And from the extremely high number of joint replacement surgeries performed each year, it appears traditional treatment is losing the battle against this condition; there are 600,000 knee replacements/year in the U.S. and the number climbs higher every year (1.).
Joint replacement surgery is considered by many to be a marvel of medical science; a technological breakthrough that has definitely improved the lives of millions of people. Yet doctors advise waiting as long as possible to get it, patients do just about anything to avoid it and insurance companies don’t want to pay for it. The problem is the astronomical costs and high rate of complications make joint replacement surgery everyone’s last option despite it’s successes. Until now, this was the only answer for bone on bone joints.
Regenerative medicine shows much promise for helping failed joints and is one of the only methods that actually improves joint space. Regenerative medicine requires no invasive surgery so there are no complications. This exciting new branch of medicine uses human tissue allografts from immune privileged sources, so there is also no chance of rejection and very little concern of adverse reactions. Rather than replacing body parts with unnatural prosthetics with short shelf lives, regenerative medicine pours new wine into old wine skins by helping the body heal from within. Regen med is a much safer, more cost-effective procedure and should be considered by everyone facing joint replacement surgery. If you have chronic joint pain and would like to avoid surgery, contact us!