ACL Surgery is Not a Fix for Your Damaged ACL, but a Poor Substitute for Your Original Equipment
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Your ACL Surgery Alternative
Knee ACL tears are a very common injury. The rush to surgery has long been due to the traditional thinking that an ACL will not heal. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, our experience treating ACL tears with our patented Regenexx procedures has shown that it may be a better option for those who have experienced a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear.
Back in 2011, we became the first physicians on earth to inject and then publish the results of injecting the patient’s own healing stem cells into the ACL. The Regenexx patented stem cell procedure for ACL tears was developed to treat full and partial anterior cruciate ligament tears non-surgically. ACL tears are one of the more common knee injuries we treat and many non-retracted full and partial tears can be treated in all but the most serious cases.
If you’re considering surgery to treat an orthopedic condition, make sure you understand all your options. Let our doctors determine if you are a candidate for regenerative medicine.
ACL Surgery Should Be Your Last Resort. Why?
Most people think that getting ACL surgery is like replacing a tire in their car. The old one is taken out, and a new one is installed. Good as new! Regrettably, none of this is remotely true.
When ACL surgery first began, it was a game changer, especially for athletes. However, since it involves installing a poor copy of the original equipment in an invasive procedure, it was bound to be replaced at some point. Why? Keeping your own ligament allows for better alignment of the fibers in the direction of maximum force which is better than installing a faux ligament created from a tendon. In addition, you get to keep all of the position sensors in your own ligament, all of which help to control the knee muscles during activity.
What Your Orthopedist Won’t Tell You…
The ACL is a major stabilizer of the knee. When it’s torn, traditional thinking has been that it will not heal, so surgery it often used to replace the torn ligament. However, along with most surgical procedures, ACL surgery has its issues.
Research has shown that ACL surgery doesn’t prevent arthritis and is ineffective. In athlete patients, for example, those who didn’t have ACL surgery are more able to return to sports after one year than those who did have the surgery. These alone may be good reasons to avoid surgery; however, there are many more:
- Reconstructing the ACL often leaves the joint rotationally unstable.
- The knee is never quite the same after ACL surgery with the loss of both position sense and performance.
- There’s an increased risk of tearing the other ACL or re-tearing the operated-on ACL after surgery.
- Two-thirds of teens who undergo ACL surgery will develop arthritis by age 30.
- Eight months following ACL surgery, less than 1 in 5 athletes can return to play.
- ACL surgery shortens professional athletes’’ careers
Obviously, the best possible scenario for a torn ACL would be to heal the ligament in place. Our Regenexx procedures are intended to do just that. We regularly see great patient results, as well as visual confirmation of healing on follow-up MRIs.
What is the Better Option? Avoid Surgery with Interventional Orthopedics.
If ACL surgery shouldn’t be your first option, what is the alternative? Orthopedic surgery isn’t the only team on the field; much like interventional cardiology has gained a foothold over cardiac surgery over the past few decades, interventional orthopedics is providing nonsurgical alternatives to many orthopedic surgeries available today. And an ACL tear is one of those.
As a leader in Interventional Orthopedics and non-surgical stem cell and platelet treatments, we offer a viable alternative for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear. Our patients avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful ACL surgery rehabilitation that follows traditional invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries.
About 70% of patients who have been told they’re an ACL surgery candidate can undergo our precise treatment of orthobiologics to heal the ACL tear and keep their own ligament. Regenexx ACL procedures offer a viable alternative for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear. Our patients avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful ACL surgery rehabilitation that follows traditional invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries. You owe it to yourself to see if you can avoid ACL surgery!