Hesitant About Joint Surgery? Stem Cell Therapy May be the Perfect Alternative
Patients in Pearland, Texas, affected by joint pain may be hesitant to undergo surgery for various reasons. While joint replacement surgery certainly is a viable treatment option for joint pain, many people worry about the recovery time, the need for pain medication, and the overall procedure itself. At Dr. Burke Orthopedics, we believe that no one should be held back by joint pain due to hesitation about surgery, so we’ve laid out some benefits to consider about a new treatment option: stem cell therapy. Some key benefits include:
- Heavy Pain Medications are Not Required
Following a surgical procedure, medication is often quired to help with the pain. However, with stem cell therapy, there is no major incision made into the body, both reducing pain and the medications needed to manage it. This means stem cell therapy may be the more beneficial route to take for patients who are sensitive to medications, or patients who have trouble sticking to a medication schedule.
- There is no Need for General Anesthesia
During a surgical procedure, patients are more than likely put under general anesthesia. This typically involves administering anesthetic drugs through an IV to induce a patient into a temporary unconscious state. However, some patients may be hesitant to undergoing general anesthesia, and some may even be unable to, due to negative reactions. With stem cell therapy, the need to undergo general anesthesia is not required (though local anesthesia may be used), making it a less intimidating form of joint pain treatment for many people.
- Physical Therapy is Generally Not Needed Afterwards
While every patient is different, it is unusual to need physical therapy following stem cell therapy. Following surgery, many patients find they have lost flexibility, strength, and range of motion in the surgically repaired joint. However, stem cell therapy does not require any surgery, meaning patients typically do not need to undergo physical therapy to regain normal joint function. This is not to say that physical therapy cannot be used to help enhance the benefits of your stem cell therapy, as it can help strengthen surrounding muscles and provide useful exercise tips to benefit your joints.
- There is No Need to Thoroughly Rest the Treated Joint
A key benefit of stem cell therapy is that there is no lengthy recovery period. While light rest is required in the first few weeks following the procedure, the joint is still usable. However, with surgery, patients may be unable to fully use the joint for weeks or months following their procedure. Those with a busy lifestyle, or those who are involved in athletics can retain their normal routine while healthy stem cells work on rebuilding or repairing a painful joint.
For patients that feel hesitant about surgery, stem cell therapy can be the perfect alternative. For stem cell therapy procedure in Pearland, Texas, give Dr. burke Orthopedics a call at (713) 436-3488.