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Patient’s Knee & Hip Are Pain-Free 4 Years After Regenerative Treatment

Patient's Knee & Hip Are Pain-Free 4 Years After Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Treatment

Patient’s Knee & Hip Are Pain-Free 4 Years After Regenerative Treatment

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“That was four years ago, and I am pain-free. It is an absolute miracle to me, and I tell everybody about this, and I hope everybody has the same results I do.”

A common question we are asked is, “How long does a regenerative or stem cell treatment last?” With any medical treatment, results will vary. One of our patients, Barb, recently shared that she has been pain-free for over four years since her treatment.

Before treatment, Barb was experiencing chronic pain in her knee. Her medical doctor was telling her that she needed knee replacement. She decided to explore alternative treatments to knee replacement surgery.

After a thorough examination of her knee, it was determined that a regenerative treatment was a viable option for Barb.

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

Medicare and other major insurance plans now cover regenerative treatments that we, at Renew Medical Centers, provide.

In this video, Barb discusses her story and how she’s doing four years after her regenerative stem cell treatment.

Read the video transcript (or scroll down for more):

Dr. Baker (Dr): Good morning, everybody. I’m here with Barb Robinette and she got her stem cells four years ago last Thanksgiving. So, Barb, tell us how your knee was before and tell us the side benefits of your stem cell procedure.

Barb (B): I could no longer go up and down the stairs. Normally, I had to go up and down one foot at a time because my knee hurt me so bad and my medical doctor kept saying, “You need knee replacement. You need knee replacement.”

And Patrick said to me, “Hang on. Hang on. I have something coming up and I know you’ll love this.” So, I hung on for about two years till this was perfected. Dr. Jeremy gave me one injection in my knee which was just a little tiny prick and about three days later I thought maybe I can try to walk up these stairs. And I walked halfway up them normal, like a normal human being, and the next morning, I went I’m going to come down and I came down normally.

And I came over to Patrick’s office and I went, “Patrick, guess what, guess what. I’m walking up and down the steps.” And he went, “Not already!” And I went, “Yes, I am. Yes, I am.”

And so, I noticed now my right hip. I fell in 1981, 15 feet to the ground, and landed on top of my head and jammed my whole spine down inside my body, lost the use of my left arm. This big joint in my hip hurt me night and day from that point forth. And about a week later, I went, “I don’t think that’s hurting as much as it did.” It became a way of life with me. It controlled my life. I would have to go home and sit down after work.

And I came over to Patrick’s office the next week and I went, “You know what? My hip’s feeling better.” And he went, “That’s wishful thinking. I don’t think it could work that fast.” And I went, ”Yeah, I think it is.” And so, the next week I came back again, and I went, “Patrick, this is feeling way better.” And he went, “Are you…” He doesn’t exactly believe me. I could tell by the look on his face.

And I came back the next week, which was the third week after I got the injection in my knee, and I said, “My hip’s not hurting me.”

That was four years ago, Thanksgiving, and I am pain-free. It is an absolute miracle to me, and I tell everybody about this, and I hope everybody has the same results I do.

Dr: Awesome. Thank you so much, Barb.

Regenerative treatment is a viable alternative for addressing problems that cause chronic knee pain.

Along with surgery, the traditional medical treatments for knee pain have been physical therapy, exercise, pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and steroid injections. These will sometimes alleviate pain but are often ineffective at addressing the actual condition.

Regenerative cell therapy involves an injection that facilitates your body in healing itself, using naturally occurring cells, and growth factors. Treatment assists your body in regenerating tissue, reducing pain, and reducing inflammation in damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.

Regenerative therapy is a low risk, viable alternative to surgery. As discussed, it is a completely different approach to treating chronic knee pain.

Medicare and other major insurance plans now cover regenerative treatments that we, at Renew Medical Centers, provide.

As opposed to going under the knife and replacing the knee with a metal knee or addressing tendon and ligament tears with surgery, regenerative treatment gives the patient an opportunity for their body to heal degenerated and injured tissue.

With any medical treatment, there are no guarantees that it will or will not work for a patient. Each patient’s condition is unique. There are some cases where a patient will not be a candidate for regenerative treatment.

With Barb, she is still pain-free four years after treatment.

Other than the knee, areas treated also include back/spine, neck, hips, shoulders, hands and wrists, feet and ankles, and more.

RenewYour Body WithRegenerative Therapy

To learn more about regenerative treatments, register to attend one of our free local educational classes, and get your questions answered.

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

Medicare and other major insurance plans now cover regenerative treatments that we, at Renew Medical Centers, provide.

Schedule your patient consultation to determine if you are a candidate.

If you have some questions you would like to ask before scheduling a patient consultation, request a call to start determining if you are a candidate for treatment.

The Risks of Hip Replacement Surgery and Hip Resurfacing

Hip Replacement Surgery Risks

The Risks of Hip Replacement Surgery and Hip Resurfacing

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As soon as a person starts feeling pain in their hip area, it usually leads to bad news. A lucky few will see their hip pain fade away, but more often than not, it’s a warning sign that serious issues are brewing.

The hips don’t receive a ton of attention until they stop functioning the right way. When that happens, people realize just how valuable they are for daily life. Even if a little bit of constant pain is in the hip area, it can negatively affect a person throughout the day.

The two most common long-term solutions for severe hip pain are total hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing. These two techniques have helped many people live a much better life, and doctors continue to recommend these procedures to people of all ages.

Despite the success, there are some significant disadvantages and risks associated with both procedures. Before going under the knife and dealing with surgery like this, each individual should do their research. Due to the risks, it is recommended that patients consider other alternatives before settling for surgery.

What should people expect out of a total hip replacement or hip resurfacing? Here’s a closer look at the two popular procedures, and the disadvantages and risks to them.

Hip Replacement Surgery

When a person starts dealing with too much pain and suffering in the hip area, doctors tend to recommend a total hip replacement surgery for the most serious issues. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear, because it involves a lengthy recovery and a sense of uncertainty about the quality of life going forward.

First, it is worth mentioning that total hip replacement does help some people. Even though the surgery and recovery take time, some people have gone from constant pain to a new lease on life. Having an artificial set up can give people mobility that they haven’t had in years. Getting over a decade of use out of an artificial hip is sufficient for many as well.

It is also a surgery that is so common these days that complications are greatly reduced. There was a time where hip replacement complications were fairly high, but new techniques and technology have helped out quite a bit. Getting a hip replacement today is much safer than even ten years ago.

Disadvantages and Risks of Hip Replacement

Despite the positives, a total hip replacement comes with plenty of disadvantages and risks. Hip replacement surgery is a huge deal, and the harsh reality is, not everyone makes a full recovery from it. Not only can there be complications in the hip area, but if everything doesn’t go right, a person can suffer from issues in other parts of the body as well.

After replacement, a patient will often have a limp. The strength, flexibility, and range of motion has to be regained in order to walk with a correct stride. A repetitive limp result in increased wear and tear of lumbar discs, facet joints, hip, knee and ankle due to mechanical leverage. It might cause or aggravate degenerative change (osteoarthritis) of the disc and facet joints. It is important to work on regaining the range of motion, flexibility, and strength necessary to walk properly.

Some patients deal with blood clots or other complications post-surgery.

It is a true challenge to make a full recovery and not have anything else slow the process down.

All the trouble of going under the knife for hip surgery results in a new hip that has a shelf life of only 15 to 20 years. For some people, that is sufficient enough for them to get to the end of their life. For others, they might need to go through multiple surgeries to keep everything functioning properly.

Due to the nature of how the hip replacement, staying active and making a full recovery is pretty difficult. It might seem like a hip surgery can solve hip problems, but some people take years and years to get back to their normal self.

Hip Resurfacing

For years, hip resurfacing has been labeled as a safer alternative for people who don’t want to go through a true hip replacement. Most of the time, younger patients who are dealing with hip issues but want to eventually be as active as possible have this suggested to them.

The main difference is that with a conventional hip replacement, the a ball and socket replaces the hip. It works well for a lot of people, but those who are young and active will likely outlive the hip replacement. A standard hip replacement usually lasts 15 to 20 years. After that, the replacement starts failing as it loosens up from the bone and becomes thinner and thinner. Not only is the hip replacement compromised, but the pain returns and further damage is possible.

With hip resurfacing, the ball at the top of the thigh bone is not removed, but shaved down. The goal is to get the shape at a point where a metal ball can be placed around it and work as good as new. This preserves the thighbone side, which means a lesser chance of dislocation, better stress distribution, a longer-lasting fix and a better chance of fully returning to an active lifestyle.

Hip resurfacing sounds like a perfect solution to a lot of people. Is it? Despite looking better than a full hip replacement, there are still risks to consider.

Disadvantages and Risks of Hip Resurfacing

If possible, most people do opt for hip resurfacing over a total hip replacement. There are still some disadvantages and risks to watch out for. The surgery is fairly difficult, which makes it hard to find a surgeon who is very skilled in providing hip resurfacing. It’s important to go with someone who knows what they are doing, because there are some huge risks involved during a subpar procedure. A failed resurfacing can force a person into a total replacement.

Currently, there are no options for a ceramic hip resurfacing. Many believe that it will happen down the line, but metal is the only option right now. With metal-on-metal bearings, that could mean metal ions releasing into the body. People might not react that well to cobalt and chromium in the body. It’s never a good idea to put anything in the body that could potentially be toxic.

Finally, it’s a very expensive procedure to go through. Even with insurance, many people are forced to spend a great amount of money to have their hip resurfaced. This is not a one-time fix either, as some people will have to go back, again and again, to have touchups and fixes done.

Are the procedures worth the risk?

Pain in the hip can cause a person to seek immediate relief if it is at a certain level. That’s why so many people get hip replacement surgery or hip resurfacing as soon as they can schedule it.

While this might be the only solution for some, others can benefit from alternative treatments. This includes regenerative medicine, which includes treatments such as stem cells, PRP, growth factors, and more. More and more doctors are offering these solutions for people who are reluctant to go under the knife just yet.

Pursue alternative solutions in the beginning. Surgery solutions are always there, but if non-surgical treatments has the potential to alleviate the pain and heal the hip, isn’t it worth considering?

Paul is a patient who decided to receive non-surgical regenerative treatment. In this video, he discusses his experience:

For more information about Paul’s experience and hip surgery alternatives: Patient’s Severe Hip Pain and Degeneration Treated With Regenerative Cell Therapy.

Regenerative therapy is a low risk, viable alternative to surgery. It is a completely different approach to treating chronic hip pain.

As opposed to going under the knife and replacing the hip with a prosthetic implant or having arthroscopic hip surgery, regenerative treatment gives the patient an opportunity for their body to heal degenerated and injured tissue.

With any medical treatment, there are no guarantees that it will or will not work for a patient. Each patient’s condition is unique. There are some cases where a patient will not be a candidate for regenerative treatment.

Other than the hip, areas treated also include back/spine, neck, knees, shoulders, hands and wrists, feet and ankles, and more.

RenewYour Body WithRegenerative Therapy

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

To learn more about regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and other non-surgical treatment options, register to attend one of our free local educational classes, and get your questions answered.

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

Medicare and other major insurance plans now cover regenerative treatments that we, at Renew Medical Centers, provide.

Schedule your patient consultation to determine if you are a candidate.

If you have some questions you would like to ask before scheduling a patient consultation, request a call to start determining if you are a candidate for treatment.

Patient’s Severe Hip Pain and Degeneration Treated With Regenerative Cell Therapy

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Testimonial - Paul

Patient’s Severe Hip Pain and Degeneration Treated With Regenerative Cell Therapy

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“I didn’t realize how much pain I was in because I was taking so many anti-inflammatories beforehand. So, I went off my anti-inflammatories…and I was like I don’t know if I could do this.”

When Paul came to Renew Medical Centers, his hip, low back, and knee were in real bad shape, especially his hip.

When reflecting on Paul’s initial patient consultation, Dr. Paul Baker stated, “I’ve been practicing for 24 years now, his right hip had very, very severe degenerative changes. Probably one of the worst hips I’ve seen. And I actually told Paul you probably have maybe a 20% chance of success.”

Paul received regenerative and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for in his hip, low back, and knee.

Within a week after regenerative treatment, he wasn’t in pain anymore.

We often see patients after they have either been told that they need hip replacement surgery or they had a surgery in the past that did not work well for them.

They know that surgery is traumatic and risky and they would prefer not to have it. Regenerative and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies are some of the newest options for people who suffer from knee pain and problems that want to avoid having surgery. What makes regenerative therapy so promising is the fact that it helps to address the cause of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

In this video, Paul discusses his experience and how he’s doing three months after treatment.

Read the video transcript (or scroll down for more):

Dr. Baker (Dr): Hey, this is Dr. Paul Baker. And I have Paul Kennedy here. And three months ago, Paul had his low back, his right hip, and his right knee injected. And just to preface the case a little bit, his right hip was, I’ve been practicing for 24 years now, his right hip had very, very severe degenerative changes. Probably one of the worst hips I’ve seen. And I actually told Paul you probably have maybe a 20% chance of success. Didn’t I say that, Paul?

Paul (P): Yes.

Dr: And we’re going to hear his story on how he actually did with his hip and his knee. So, Paul, go ahead take it away. Let’s talk about how you felt before your injections for the hip and the knee.

P: Anyway. Yeah. The beforehand after I had to take go off anti-inflammatories, it was really, really, really painful. I was like, I don’t know if I could do this if this doesn’t work. I don’t know if I can make it three months. So, it was really painful. Had really sharp pain in my hip and pain in my knee really sharp. I didn’t want to move. I really tried to stay, not to move. If I had to go to the kitchen or to the bathroom, I made it worth my while because I wasn’t going to go back.

Dr: And, this is pre-injection.

P: That is pre-injection.

Dr: Uh-huh. And then you said the week before, like we don’t want our patients taking the anti-inflammatories, you said that was horrible pain, correct?

P: Right. That’s what I was talking about before. When I went off to anti-inflammatories, that’s where I felt the really sharp pain. I didn’t realize how much pain I was in because I was taking so many anti-inflammatories beforehand. So, I went off my anti-inflammatories the Friday before, made it through the weekend. and I was able to take Tylenol, and I was like I don’t know if I could do this after the injection, if it doesn’t work. I don’t know if I can go ninety days, but after then the injection and the injection was really very simple thing. It was less than a flu shot type of deal. I was very comfortable and wasn’t any pain but still the regular pain was there. So that was a Friday, and then Wednesday, I realized that I wasn’t in pain most of the day. And then Thursday, I wasn’t in pain at all and haven’t been in pain since. And, so, my mobility has changed quite a bit. In fact, I was videotaping myself daily. Then, after that Thursday, it’s just it’s always been good. So, I used to upstairs one step at a time all these dragging that right leg. And now it’s like up and down the stairs and walking around and I don’t think twice about going. If I got to go to the car, it doesn’t bother me. It’s not like a dreadful thing.

Dr: Right?

P: So, the move mobility has really changed quite a bit. Back in the gym, able to do cardio. I don’t limit myself to a certain cardio, which before was something I didn’t move my hip or my knee very much. But now I’m trying to find something larger range.

Dr: Yeah, that’s awesome. And then pre-injection, the week that you were off all of your medications, where would you rate your hip pain and your knee pain on a one to ten, ten being the worst?

P: It was over nine, if not ten. Right. Especially the hips. The knee, because you have so much pain, you don’t notice that one pain or the other. So, the hip was always a harder pain. So, it was like nine/ten.

Dr: Right.

P: The knee was probably right underneath it.

Dr: Okay, and then post injection, three months today.

P: I don’t have one. I pulled that sheet out. One or zero or what that and I don’t know that, you know, one is just like that’s probably normal being my age and my weight pain, you know.

Dr: Right, right. Well, that’s fantastic. And one last question. Would you actually recommend this procedure to family and friends?

P: Oh, I have.

Dr: Yes.

P: I don’t know how many people on Facebook have asked me, and follow up with me, and follow up with me. They constantly are asking right. Which reminds me of to do a little follow-up after today, because I forget about it. I don’t even think about it now.

Dr: Sure.

P: The one thing they did ask me was, “How long is this going to last?” What’s when I tell him was like, “Well, until I wear it out again, I guess.”

Dr: Right.

P: It’s the hip and see and my back is straightened out. That’s why I wore it out. So that’s not going to happen.

Dr: Right.

P: So, I’ll probably wear something else out besides that.

Dr: Yeah. Well, that’s very exciting and the reason I was so excited to do your re-eval after three months is, like I told you and like we talked about, your hip was so bad and I gave it a 20% success chance and now you’re sitting here today pain-free. I’m just so excited and thinking.

P: You’re not the only one.

Dr: Yes.

P: I had three other doctors tell me: “You’re not a candidate.”

Dr: Right.

P: So then you said, “It’s up to you.”

Dr: Yes.

P: And you know, I’m not in pain at all.

Dr. Well, that’s exciting. So, thank you so much for sharing your testimony. We appreciate it and looking forward to you doing better and better.

P: Yeah. Thanks.

Regenerative therapy is a viable alternative for addressing problems that cause chronic hip pain.

Along with surgery, the traditional medical treatments for hip pain have been physical therapy, exercise, pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and steroid injections. These will sometimes alleviate pain but are often ineffective at addressing the actual condition.

Regenerative cell therapy involves allowing your body to heal itself, using naturally occurring cells, and growth factors. Treatment assists your body in regenerating tissue, reducing pain, and reducing inflammation in damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.

Regenerative therapy is a low risk, viable alternative to surgery. As discussed, it is a completely different approach to treating chronic hip pain.

As opposed to going under the knife and replacing the hip with a prosthetic implant or having arthroscopic hip surgery, regenerative treatment gives the patient an opportunity for their body to heal degenerated and injured tissue.

With any medical treatment, there are no guarantees that it will or will not work for a patient. Each patient’s condition is unique. There are some cases where a patient will not be a candidate for regenerative treatment.

Other than the hip, areas treated also include back/spine, neck, knees, shoulders, hands and wrists, feet and ankles, and more.

RenewYour Body WithRegenerative Therapy

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems. To learn more about regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and other non-surgical treatment options, register to attend one of our free local educational classes, and get your questions answered.

Renew Medical Centers is the place patients go for non-surgical treatment of joint arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

Medicare and other major insurance plans now cover regenerative treatments that we, at Renew Medical Centers, provide.

If you would like to schedule a your patient consultation with one of our doctors at Renew Medical Centers and determine if you are a candidate.

If you have some questions you would like to ask before scheduling a patient consultation, request a call to start determining if you are a candidate for treatment.