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Can platelet rich plasma injection eventually replace knee replacement surgery?

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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

There currently is no evidence that this treatment can reverse the damage seen in severe arthritis.

In brief: Unlikely

There currently is no evidence that this treatment can reverse the damage seen in severe arthritis.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. John Moor
PRP does not regrow cartilage. Cartilage loss is the reason for knee "replacement". Some studies show pain relief equal to hyaluronic acid injections, but they don't grow cartilage or thereby cure arthritis either.
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Platelet rich plasma (prp) contains components of blood important for soft tissue healing, but it lacks the pluripotential healing characteristics of stem cells.
Will stem cells someday replace knee replacements? If we can find out a way to reverse the arthritic sclerosis of bone, break down the cartilage matrix, and ramp up the cellular division of chondrocytes, then yes. Its one step at a time.

In brief: No

Platelet rich plasma (prp) contains components of blood important for soft tissue healing, but it lacks the pluripotential healing characteristics of stem cells.
Will stem cells someday replace knee replacements? If we can find out a way to reverse the arthritic sclerosis of bone, break down the cartilage matrix, and ramp up the cellular division of chondrocytes, then yes. Its one step at a time.
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