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Do I Have to Get Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted by Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES on 23 April 2018
Do I Have to Get Hip Replacement Surgery?

Chronic pain in your hip from osteoarthritis can greatly hamper your quality of life. Even sitting and lying down become uncomfortable when you're stricken with the agonizing condition.

There are studies showing that the demand for surgeries are rising, even in a day and age where stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine are becoming more prominent.

Hip replacement surgeries are more readily available, and its assumed that they fix everything and improve overall health. But this is a misconception, and hip replacement surgery should be a last resort because there are less drastic options than going under the knife.

The Problem with Hip Replacement Surgery

If you have osteoarthritis in the hip, the protective cartilage wears away on the ball of the hip joint, causing rubbing against the socket. Furthermore, you may experience bone death, which leads to bone rubbing against bone, as well as painful crunching and grinding.

Hip replacements do not fix the hip joint. Instead, the procedure requires the amputation of the head of the femur and the complete reconstruction of the hip. They are accompanied by dangerous pharmaceuticals for pain management before and after the surgery, and an arduous recovery process. Plus, there are risks of potential nerve damage and wound healing issues.

Many doctors present a hip replacement as your only option without looking into a more conservative approach. It's up to doctors to explore and educate patients on every possible treatment. In fact, researchers have proven that when patients are given time to educate themselves, they will opt out of hip replacements when applicable.

This isn't to say hip replacements aren't valuable and there aren't incredibly skilled surgeons gifted enough to perform the surgery successfully. But it shouldn't be the go-to remedy so many doctors seem to rely on.

The Stem Cell Solution

Stem cell therapy utilizes your own body's recuperative powers to heal bone defects. Researchers have found that stem cells injected into the hip joint act as catalysts to the healing environment in the damaged hip. Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine can help the bone regrow after bone death.

In clinical studies, stem cell therapy displays improvements in bone growth and blood vessel formation in patients.

Researchers from the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Paris East shows that bone marrow derived stem cell therapy (BMSC) can facilitate the repair of bone damage in hip joint bone death for the long-term. 189 hips were treated in 116 patients with autologous BMSCs. Most patients experienced positive results, according to improvement of the hip score, radiographic assessment, and the avoidance of hip replacement after following up over 5-10 years.

Further research indicates that stem cell therapy could both repair bone damage in hip joint bone death, and halt the disease acceleration by changing the cellular joint environment to one of healing. In pre-clinical studies, the use of stem cells showed improvements in bone fragility and blood vessel formation.

If your doctor suggests hip replacement surgery, don't be afraid to ask questions and do your own research to see if there's another option.

Stem cell therapy and PRP injection therapy are great ways to alleviate the chronic pain from osteoarthritis in the hip. We'd know, because we treat those symptoms every single day in our clinics, and continually witness the amazing results.

If you're looking for a way to alleviate chronic pain, call us at 1-855-712-9901 to schedule an appointment, or drop by one of our RegenerVate locations today!

Author: Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES
About: Dr. Stoddard is a sport medicine and injection physician in Toronto and is the Medical Director of RegenerVate. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sport Medicine. His injection training, including ultrasound, PRP and Prolotherapy, was primarily done in the USA. He is a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), is married and a proud father of two boys. He is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.
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