When conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy fail to bring pain relief and correcting the conditions like joint arthritis, muscle tear and bursitis, hip replacement surgery becomes the most common resort to treat severe hip conditions.
While once surgery could be considered a last resort, with advances in technology, it is now one of the major ways to treat chronic hip problems. The severity of going into surgery is life altering given the risks associated with surgery. Be it the invasive nature of surgery, the large incision, removal of cartilage and bone, alteration in the muscle tissue or the prosthetic metal implant, it bears huge risk of infection as well as long lasting consequences and agonizing rehabilitation tenure.
That’s the reason doctors as well as patients try to counter the condition with all conservative measures possible. Surgery is chosen as a last resort due to its risky nature and life altering consequences.
Regenerative Medicine has made it possible to treat chronic hip conditions without taking the risk of surgery and heal quickly with no painful long term rehabilitation.
Dr. Zaki Anwar, a pain management specialist, uses Regenerative Medicine, to correct chronic hip conditions, and provide pain relief with an aim to thwart the need for surgery at the same time. He uses a high-tech musculo-skeletal ultrasound machine for the procedure to make sure the accuracy of Stem Cells placement.
The procedure of Regenerative medicine includes Stem cell therapy (derived from non-controversial fat cells or bones) and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. It sets in motion the body’s own regenerative mechanism with an accelerated speed to help the patient recover quickly without any prosthetic implant or muscle alteration.
The recovery time that entails hospital stay after a hip surgery can be anywhere between 3to 10 days. Afterwards there is a long rehabilitation in the hospital, and later regular physical therapy at home as well as outpatient physical therapy. Varying from case to case, the complete recovery from the surgery can take from six months to more than a year long time.
The risk associated with Regenerative Medicine is very low as compared to surgery as the procedure requires very tiny incision to be made. No sutures are made in the process. The doctors suggest going easy on the hip joints for only the initial few days of taking the stem cell injection and not putting heavy weight on the treated joint. The stem cells accelerate the healing for the hip injury to make a faster recovery possible than ever before.
The patient can leave the medical facility at the same day after the procedure. There is no need for overnight stay or hospital visits. The procedure itself is 2-4 hours long. Within 1 to 3 days of getting the injection, the patient can resume normal day to day activities.
Most patients get better within a few hours of the treatment whereas others feel the difference gradually over a span of many weeks. During the recovery phase, the stem cells keep growing healthy new tissue and repair the degenerated tissue for up to a whole year.
|Regenerative Medicine||Hip Surgery|
|Hospital Stay||No||3 - 10 days|
|Leg Length Change||No||Possible|
|Lost Time at Work||No||Yes|
|Recovery||Back to Normal Activities
1 - 3 Days
|6 Months to a Year
|Re-Surgery||No||Possible - Very Likely|
Regenetative Medicine for hips is all-natural and organic material from your own body containing no additives. Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of allergic or immune reaction. Less than 1% chance of local infection.
Most patients are back to regular activities right after the procedure. Some patients experience mild soreness in the injection area for a day or two. it is recommended to refrain from demanding physical activities for 2-3 days after procedure.
Patients can not walk unassisted for up to three months. Regular physical activities cannot resume for atleast a year and typically last from six months to a year.
Procedure is performed under Local Anesthesia avoiding all complications from General Anesthesia.
General Anesthesia can cause mental confusion, dental trauma, croup(swelling of the windpipe), allergic reactions, wheezing, vocal cord injury, vomiting, lung infection, stroke, heart attack, and death.
Pain can be improved significantly and may be permanently eliminated. Initial improvements will be seen within few weeks, then gradually increasing as the healing process.
Hip replacement typically last 15 years depending on the physical activities of the individual. It is likely that patients will have to get a second surgery.
|Joint Arthritis||Labrum Tear|
|Trochanteric Bursitis||Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head|
|Iliopsoas Bursitis||Iliopsoas/Iliotibal Band Tendonitis|
The procedure utilizes adult stem cells that are completely non-controversial drawn from bone marrow or fat cells. It is non-controversial because the stem cells used in the procedure are not at all embryonic but are drawn from bone marrow or fat tissues.
The function of stem cells is very important in the body. They have the capability to transform into any tissue type for the body’s regenerative needs. If a person gets an injured hip, knee or shoulder, the stem cells surrounding the damaged area transform themselves into any kind of tissue that is required for recovery. The logic behind stem cells therapy is the same; we pump an added supply of stem cells to the affected hip area that accelerates the body’s ongoing natural repair and this way the injured tissue recovers fast.
Therefore, the hip heals much quicker and is relieved from all its pain with chance to cure the hip condition completely without surgery. In the procedure, a sample of the patient’s own stem cells are drawn from their body and re-injected in the injured area. The fresh supply of stem cells quickens the healing process, repairs the damages hip tissue and keeps regenerating it for up to a whole year.
Considering how severe the injury may be, we might use a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Stem Cell therapy. In PRP therapy, the healing properties of platelets are used by taking a blood sample of the patient to encourage a speedy recovery.
At the clinic office, we draw a sample of the patient’s blood and place it in a centrifugation system, where the blood is processed to receive a rich concentration of platelet plasma, full of growth factors. Then we inject the PRP concentrate into the injured hip site to encourage the generation of new tissue and repair of the damaged ones. Although, PRP is a relatively new way of treatment, it’s been used for several years now in various areas of medical sciences such as chronic injury care, orthopedics, and dentistry.
There are several benefits of PRP therapy as it makes use of the natural healing system of the body. Platelets are enriched with growth factors such as basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). More than 30 of growth factors like these work on fast healing for the hip condition.
Regenerative Medicine can heal chronic hip pain once and for all creating a possibility where each hip movement will be pain free. Being non-invasive and non-surgical with promising results, it is worth trying as it gives you a chance to avoid a painful rehabilitation process and the life altering impacts like a metal prosthetic implant and unvarying soreness.
Disclaimer: It is essential to recognize that every individual is unique and so are their medical conditions and healing process. Although there are no guarantees for recovery, Regenerative medicine procedures have a track record of helping many patients with joint arthritis, and joint and tendon injuries.