What You Need to Know About PRP Treatments and Knee Surgery
Even with the advent of arthroscopic knee surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that has significantly reduced the potential side effects and recovery time associated with traditional “open” knee surgery, the decision to undergo any surgical procedure, even a less invasive one, can give many patients pause.
Some of the most common questions and concerns before deciding to undergo knee surgery include:
- How much pain can I expect after surgery?
- How much time will I have to take off from work, physical activities, exercise, and sports?
- Will the knee recover and perform at pre-surgery levels?
- How long will my rehabilitation/recovery take?
- Will the surgery be successful?
- Do the benefits of knee surgery outweigh the risks?
While there is always a small element of risk involved with any medical procedure, arthroscopic knee surgery has greatly reduced many of the risks traditionally associated with an operation to repair everything from arthritis induced cartilage and joint degeneration, to ACL tears and traumatic injuries from an accident.
Some of the major benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less blood loss and risk for infection
- Shorter hospital stays and recovery time
- Less post-operative pain and stiffness
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Knee Surgery Recovery
Platelet rich plasma treatments work by essentially turbo charging the body’s natural healing properties to help treat orthopedic conditions that may have shown limited or negligible results to more conservative treatments like rest, physical therapy, and medication in the past. In recent years, regenerative medicine has shown remarkable progress, particularly in the field of orthopedics.
When combined with surgery, PRP therapy, which is a highly concentrated solution of growth factor rich platelets derived from the patient’s own blood, can potentially help to accelerate the healing process for better overall results.
Orthopedic Surgery and Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills
Are you suffering from chronic knee pain and having trouble enjoying your everyday activities and hobbies as a result? To learn more about how platelet rich plasma (PRP) and regenerative medicine treatments can help and whether you are a candidate, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine at 310-736-2793 to request a consultation today.