The alternative to a hip joint operation

The set of procedures conducted in our Sport-Med Cracow clinic as an alternative to a hip joint operation is a breakthrough in nonsurgical treatment techniques using stem cells. These procedures are designed for those suffering from hip pain due to common injuries, arthritis of the hip joint, osteonecrosis, inflammation of the synovium of the hip joint and other degenerative conditions of the hip joint. The Sport-Med Cracow clinic procedures using stem cells and blood platelets offer a nonsurgical approach to treatment for patients who are considering undergoing a planned operation to relieve pain. These procedures may help in the treatment and easing of symptoms caused by conditions of the hip joint, through Same Day procedures that increase the concentration of the patient’s own stem cells in the area affected by the condition, improving the body’s ability to heal itself independently and naturally.

Many individuals suffering from knee joint conditions consider undergoing a joint alloplasty procedure, asking themselves the common question, “Should I undergo a joint replacement operation, or are there other ways to improve my state of health?” An operation involving complete replacement of the knee and hip joint is considered to be an appropriate and generally accepted approach to treatment for those suffering from advanced osteoarthritis of the joint or injury of the knee and hip joint. These procedures are becoming ever more common and the percent of their effectiveness is satisfactory, taking into account how highly invasive the operation is (the definition of effectiveness is, however, quite flexible in this case).

Currently it appears that the concept of conducting an extensive cut in the joint area and complete exchange of the natural bone for an endoprosthesis has gained common acceptance in society. What was once viewed as a last chance to maintain joint function has currently come to be seen as practically unavoidably connected with the aging process.

Is there an alternative that is equally effective as joint alloplasty but associated with significantly lower risk and invasiveness for our bodies? If we compare these two options, isn’t treatment based on an injection significantly more attractive than “going under the knife” and replacing the natural tissue of the organism with synthetic material?

Comparison of joint replacement operation with stem cell therapy

At a Los Angeles conference, results were presented that reflect the difference between the joint alloplasty operation and Same Day procedures using stem cells.

Many surgeons conducting endoprosthesoplasty knee and hip joint operations are concerned about the significant invasiveness of this procedure and the possibility of serious complications due to a hip joint operation, including an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as dangerous influence of particles arising during the wear and tear of the endoprosthesis. Comparing the results of stem procedures for patients with hip and knee arthrosis based on injecting the patient’s own stem cells into the patient, with data associated with patients undergoing an alloplasty operation, we have managed to reach the following conclusions:

The following are several conclusive points associated with procedures using stem cells conducted at our Sport-Med Cracow clinic and joint alloplasty operations conducted on patients with hip arthrosis:

  • Approximately 73% patients suffering from hip joint osteoarthrosis returned to practicing sport after undergoing Same Day procedures using stem cells.
  • Patients suffering from hip joint conditions undergoing Same Day procedures using stem cells regained a greater range of movement than patients undergoing endoprosthesoplasty of the joint, as assessed one year after the procedure.
  • Patients suffering from hip joint conditions undergoing Same Day procedures using stem cells attained a similar level of joint functionality in comparison to patients undergoing joint endoprosthesoplasty operations as assessed one year after the procedure.

Several points summing up the comparison of both of these procedures in patients with osteoarthrosis of the knee joint:

  • Patients undergoing Same Day procedures using stem cells attained similar results in a physical exam in comparison with patients after knee joint endoprosthesoplasty, as assessed one year after the procedure, with a slight advantage for patients who underwent Same Day procedures.
  • Patients undergoing Same Day procedures using stem cells had significantly better levels of joint functionality in comparison to patients after knee joint endoprosthesoplaty as assessed one year after the operation.

Comments to the above data: a randomized, controlled study was not conducted as is done in research on new medicines. This type of research is not available as of yet in the case of stem cell and joint endoprosthesoplasty procedures. In addition, the analyzed patients who underwent knee and hip joint alloplasty operations had more advanced symptoms before the operation than patients who underwent the stem cell procedures. Furthermore, we have compared patients who underwent an operation in 2007 to patients treated with stem cells in 2011-13, so that despite using the same measurement scale the patients were not treated during the same time period.

Despite these remarks the currently available early studies point to the fact that taking into consideration the significant invasiveness of the endoprosthesoplasty joint operation therapy using stem cells is a very attractive opportunity for consideration. If the long-term results of both procedures are comparable, we can assume that treatment that does not require significant incisions and complete replacement of the joint is a better option from the patient’s perspective. At Sport-Med Cracow we plan to collect additional evidence in the upcoming months and years that natural tissues from the human body, with appropriate treatment have a vast potential to revolutionize methods of treating injuries and chronic arthritis.