Alternatives to knee replacements

Posted by rorygrabowsky @rorygrabowsky, Jan 2 12:43pm

I 'm looking for people that have had injections of some materials into the knee that can give me some info that will help in my decision. The arthritis in both knees are always creating clicking sounds. I don't have pain in the knees, but it's affecting my balance and creating pain in other parts of my legs and more. Please help me.

@cobweb

i found the combination of stem cells and PRP worked the best. Yes, its expensive. I had my TKR paid for and now i suffer daily from that mistake. Its your call.

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Thanks and a very Happy and HEALTHY 2021 to you and your great family. How long before you were pain free and able to do physical activities. I currently am using my exercycle.

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@clbs

Cortisone injections will help at first for varying lengths of time but there will come a time when they no longer work. Same thing with hyaluronic acid injections. Stem cell treatment only works for some people and seldom lasts that long. They are certainly options to try before having a TKR though. Good luck!

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Your info is so invaluable to my situation. The two procedures that you listed are the two that I am looking at. Can you expand on the length of time that you had relief of pain after each procedure. May I ask the degree of pain on a scale of 1 to five, five being the most pain. Finally. a very Happy and HEALTHY New Year to you and your great family. Keep in touch.

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@glokart1957

Definitely do your research. Before my TKR I was told by many that all would be good just”do the physical therapy. “ I did the therapy for about 5 months and it has now been almost one year later and I still have much pain and lack of mobility. Now I hear that many have this same problem. I absolutely wish I had researched more . At my last exam my surgeon said…”the implant looks perfect. I wish I could help you.” I am thinking of seeing another for a second opinion? Is more therapy needed? scar tissue? I need more answers.

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Do you know the name of your implant?

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@glokart1957

Definitely do your research. Before my TKR I was told by many that all would be good just”do the physical therapy. “ I did the therapy for about 5 months and it has now been almost one year later and I still have much pain and lack of mobility. Now I hear that many have this same problem. I absolutely wish I had researched more . At my last exam my surgeon said…”the implant looks perfect. I wish I could help you.” I am thinking of seeing another for a second opinion? Is more therapy needed? scar tissue? I need more answers.

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@glokart1957 I would definitely seek another opinion. I have known a number of people who have achieved significantly more comfort with help provided by a different surgeon. It can be worth the time and money if you are having problems after a year.

@ellerbracke The big downside of stem cell is of course that it's costly and as @clbs commented it doesn't work for everyone and does not last. It's a lot of money to spend when it's a gamble. I have heard of a number of people who had it and got no relief.
JK

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You are absolutely right. No surgery works the same for everyone, but I do thank you for your effort. Stay well.

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@contentandwell

@glokart1957 I would definitely seek another opinion. I have known a number of people who have achieved significantly more comfort with help provided by a different surgeon. It can be worth the time and money if you are having problems after a year.

@ellerbracke The big downside of stem cell is of course that it's costly and as @clbs commented it doesn't work for everyone and does not last. It's a lot of money to spend when it's a gamble. I have heard of a number of people who had it and got no relief.
JK

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@contentandwell : Yes, I know that stem cell therapy, as well as PRP injections, are a gamble. And the cost can be significant. I believe stem cell is around +/- $ 6000.00 out of pocket. However, if it works, and avoids/delays TKR by 5 years, that is $ 100.00 per month. Worth it to me. Once the bones in your knee have been cut for the implant, that’s permanent. As I mentioned several times, I have been lucky to not have had any major issues with the TKR, works almost as well as my other knee – but still….. not a fan.

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@ellerbracke

@contentandwell : Yes, I know that stem cell therapy, as well as PRP injections, are a gamble. And the cost can be significant. I believe stem cell is around +/- $ 6000.00 out of pocket. However, if it works, and avoids/delays TKR by 5 years, that is $ 100.00 per month. Worth it to me. Once the bones in your knee have been cut for the implant, that’s permanent. As I mentioned several times, I have been lucky to not have had any major issues with the TKR, works almost as well as my other knee – but still….. not a fan.

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the key to using stem cells is to do your homework. Their are some shady operations out there. I used Regenexx, but i kow their are others, like Mayo who are good. Some use dead stem cells so beware.

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@ellerbracke

@contentandwell : Yes, I know that stem cell therapy, as well as PRP injections, are a gamble. And the cost can be significant. I believe stem cell is around +/- $ 6000.00 out of pocket. However, if it works, and avoids/delays TKR by 5 years, that is $ 100.00 per month. Worth it to me. Once the bones in your knee have been cut for the implant, that’s permanent. As I mentioned several times, I have been lucky to not have had any major issues with the TKR, works almost as well as my other knee – but still….. not a fan.

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Thanks a million

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@cobweb

the key to using stem cells is to do your homework. Their are some shady operations out there. I used Regenexx, but i kow their are others, like Mayo who are good. Some use dead stem cells so beware.

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How did Regenexx perform for you and how long since you did the procedure and how many knees did you do???

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@rorygrabowsky

How did Regenexx perform for you and how long since you did the procedure and how many knees did you do???

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Did one knee, pretty bad. Had stem cells on that knee about 5 years ago. My goal was to avoid another TKR. I do not play tennis anymore. I do a lot of biking and gardening. I can knell on the stem cell knee and i use a stem cell brace which is great for golf. I tend to do PRP every other year. That takes care of my arthritis. Yes, it is expensive, but i am avoiding what was one miserable time in my life. I have friends who have had good luck and those who have had bad luck with their TKR. They cannot get on their knees to garden etc. I made the decision. My Dr says i will never have to have TKR as long as i keep up with PRP. I am now 80 and glad i made the decision. Currently have 3 hole in ones in golf. Hah

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Is the biking that you do, both outside and inside and what resistance do you use. I have an exercycle and looking to someone that will guide me on the resistance. God Bless!!!

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May i ask what is PRP???

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