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Doctor insights on: Can Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Eventually Replace Knee Replacement Surgery

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Why would platelet rich plasma therapy be good for my damaged tendon?

Why would platelet rich plasma therapy be good for my damaged tendon?

Many reasons: Prp is a promising therapy for treatment of tendon, muscle, and bone damage. In this therapy, platelets isolated from a person's own blood are injected around the damaged tissue. Platelets contain numerous chemicals that break down damaged tissue and stimulate new blood vessel growth, bone production, and tissue growth. ...Read more

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Does platelet rich plasma injections work for rotator cuff tears?

Not a recognized: Treatment. While some providers use platelet rich plasma from the patient, there is no credible evidence that it helps in healing. ...Read more

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Is prp (platelet rich plasma therapy) effective for severe tendon tears (gluteus minimus and medius)?

Is prp (platelet rich plasma therapy) effective for severe tendon tears (gluteus minimus and medius)?

Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP or platelet rich plasma injection is very effective for a number of indications. These include facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, healing musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis, and more. PRP is excellent for tendon tears! ...Read more

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Does platelet rich plasma injections to ligaments cause scar tissue or new connective tissue?

Does platelet rich plasma injections to ligaments cause scar tissue or new connective tissue?

Both: Injecting platelet rich plasma is supposed to amplify the response of the repair cells by supplying growth factors to the area of injection. It's a good theory, but evidence of other than short term changes is lacking. ...Read more

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How does platelet rich plasma therapy for shoulder injuries work?

How does  platelet rich plasma therapy for shoulder injuries work?

Unknown: There is a debate in the literature as to whether prp is helpful. It is mainly used in rotator cuff repairs. Prp has many stimulating growth factors that is thought to expedite rotator cuff healing. ...Read more

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What is platelet rich plasma therapy for shoulder injuries like?

What is platelet rich plasma therapy for shoulder injuries like?

Growth factors: Prp (or platelet rich plasma), is a portion of concentrated platelets taken from your own drawn blood, used in injured areas. There has been limited proof that it works as advertised, but we can inject it into areas that we want to augment the healing process. It seems also to have some pain relieving properties. ...Read more

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Is platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy the same thing?

Is platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy the same thing?

No: You are comparing two "alternative" treatments in which stuff is injected into the insertions of ligaments / tendons. In prolotherapy, the operator injects sugar, glycerine, or some other simple substance. Injecting platelet-rich plasma is a whole new level of things. Caveat emptor. ...Read more

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Can you explain hair restoration through stem cell injection therapy?

Can you explain  hair restoration through stem cell injection therapy?

PRP and acell: Prp and acell, an extra cellular matrix created from pig bladder are being utilized to augment hair transplantation as well as to stimulate growth in patients who are not good candidates for surgical restoration. ...Read more

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Is knee replacement permanent? Will my implant last the rest of my life, or does knee replacement sometimes need to be repeated? . .

Is knee replacement permanent? Will my implant last the rest of my life, or does knee replacement sometimes need to be repeated?  .

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No: Knee replacement is irreversible .The implant life depend upon many circustances, usually between 10 to 15 years under optimal conditions after that may need a revision.A revision could be a simple exchange of certain components or the complete redo of the knee. ...Read more

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Can a menisectomy, extruded meniscus stage 3 osteoarthritis lead to an earlier total knee replacement?

Can a menisectomy, extruded meniscus stage 3 osteoarthritis lead to an earlier total knee replacement?

Yes: If you have stage 3 oa, you have lost much of the cartilage on that side of the knee. If the rest of the knee is normal, there are options such as osteotomy or partial knee replacement that can work well if medical treatments or injections do not keep you comfortable. ...Read more

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Any new procedures for medial knee pain, without a total arthroplasty or the supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections? I have taken all injections.

Any new procedures for medial knee pain, without a total arthroplasty or the supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections? I have taken all injections.

MAKOplasty: I have performed over 560 makoplasty procedures and it is very very safe . It is superior to all other techniques for precise installation of partial knee replacements. When performed by an experienced makoplasty surgeon, it allows us to balance the tension of your ligaments within a millimeter and make the implants track centrally so they last decades. Mine all go home the same day, little pain. ...Read more

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Which knee capsular tightness that cannot be cured knee fluid injection and need surgical intervention?

Which knee capsular tightness that cannot be cured knee fluid injection and need surgical intervention?

I am not sure: I really do not know about any fluid injection that could release contracture in the knee. Sorry please let me know were the idea published. Thank you. ...Read more

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Are platelet rich plasma injections a successful treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Yes: A recent multicenter study showed that platelet rich plasma injections, particularly if guided by ultrasound for better precision, is beneficial for different tendinopathies. http://www.aaos.org/news/acadnews/2012/aaos15_2_8.asp. ...Read more

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How can total artificial disc prosthesis help?

How can total artificial disc prosthesis help?

Keeps motion: The benefits of successful disk replacement include preservation of motion of the spine, no stress on the adjacement disk spaces, and avoidance of fusion. They are not for every patient and there are some pretty strict guidelines as to when they are useful. See a surgeon who does them often with great experience in this surgery. ...Read more

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Can platelet rich plasma get rid of an old deep surgical scar ?

Can platelet rich plasma get rid of an old deep surgical scar ?

PRP can help: PRP contains growth factors that can help in the remodeling of the scar, however if it is a deep scar you may need more than just PRP. Subscision, scar modification (i.e. cutting it out and making a nicer looking scar), fat transfer, laser treatments, fillers are all options for improving scars. An in person consultation will allow for discussion of all treatments that could help in your case. ...Read more

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Plasma (Definition)

It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the ...Read more