Hip replacement surgery is most often necessary when the hip joint becomes so worn and damaged that your mobility is greatly hindered, and you are in pain even while resting. The most common conditions for hip replacement surgery include osteoarthritis, most notably, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and hip fractures.
While this procedure may provide relief to patients, it is a major surgery that comes with extensive preparation, painful recovery, and lengthy downtime.
Thankfully, there are minimally invasive alternatives to hip replacement surgery that require little downtime and no pain medications.
These treatments exist within a groundbreaking field of medicine called regenerative medicine, which focuses on treating the root of your condition and working with your body’s ability to heal itself.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments For Hip Pain
Human Cellular Tissue
One treatment offered as an alternative to hip replacement surgery involves the use of human cellular tissue. This type of therapy specifically uses Wharton’s Jelly derived regenerative tissue obtained from carefully screened donors during planned cesarean births.
This young and potent tissue is rich in components such as growth factors and cytokines, which are crucial in increasing your body’s restorative ability. Once injected into the area in need of repair (in this case, the hip), the tissue stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The result is reduced pain, inflammation, and a safe recovery over time.
Platelet-rich Plasma Injections
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections is another targeted treatment that promotes the natural healing processes. In this procedure, the doctor will begin by drawing a small sample of your blood.
Using a centrifuge, they will then isolate the platelet-rich plasma. The process results in a nearly colorless substance, which obtains a higher concentration of platelets, growth factors, and proteins.
When these components are targeted at the hip in high quantities, they can assist in your body’s response to injury and encourage healing.
What to Expect After the Procedures
Both processes should take only a few hours from start to finish, and patients can leave our clinic shortly thereafter with relatively no recovery or downtime. The majority of patients will begin to experience relief within a few weeks after their injection, with pain and inflammation decreasing continuously over the next few months.
For many patients, regenerative therapy can last for years and can even facilitate permanent repair. Even better, these techniques remove the risks, complications, and painful recovery times that accompany hip replacement surgeries.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to hip replacement surgery? Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.