At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, we acknowledge there are problems associated with total knee replacements. Let’s review some of these problems.
- One study found that 54% still had pain after surgery, and within five years of knee replacement, 87% of patients had knee pain.
- One study found pain levels registering a staggering 5 out of 10 following knee replacement.
- Another study found that 75% have no improvement in their pain and 5% actually noted an escalation in pain.
Continued Need for Pain Medication
- One study found that about half, in fact, were taking pain medications at one year after knee replacement.
Components of a Knee Replacement Prosthesis Can Cause Allergies
- Patients who reported four or more allergies reported less functional improvement after knee replacement.
Increased Risk of Hip and Spinal Fracture
- This study found a 4% increased risk of hip fracture during the 10 years following knee replacement.
- Another study found an 11% increased risk for vertebral fractures.
Increased Risk of Heart Attack
Lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Synthes who markets the Attune Knee System. Multiple reports have been filed with the FDA documenting premature failure of the Attune Knee System. Symptoms include instability, swelling, reduced range of motion, and persistent pain. The premature failure is thought to be due to faulty glue that is intended to keep the tibial implant in place. The only solution is revision surgery to remove the implant and replace it. Ouch!
Knee replacement is associated with a number of serious complications and limitations. Rather than blindly following the counsel of orthopedic surgeons, be mindful of your options. Understand the causes of knee pain, and select a physician who can perform a comprehensive evaluation and musculoskeletal ultrasound. The Centeno-Schultz Clinic offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP), A2M, and bone marrow-derived stem cells and fat grafts as an alternative to knee surgery.
Feel free to review our results via the Regenexx Live Patient Outcome Data application.