Joint Replacement Postponed? Changing to a Regenerative Orthopedics Procedure May Help You Avoid Surgery.
If your joint replacement procedure was postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, you now have an opportunity to get a second opinion from a non-operative orthopedic physician to see how non-surgical options can help you avoid surgery altogether. You may even qualify for a new Regenerative Orthopedics, a non-surgical procedure that uses your own cells to repair damaged tissue and relieve pain.
Joint replacement surgery has been around for years, and many people who have received an artificial knee, hip or shoulder have been able to regain movement and reduce pain. However, experts agree that a man-made artificial joint is not as effective as a healthy, natural joint. Also joint replacement has many downsides, including the risk of anesthesia and undergoing the major surgery, the possible need for revision surgery if the artificial prosthesis wears out prematurely, blood clots, persistent pain after surgery as well as a lengthy recovery period.
The best physicians agree that patients should explore non-surgical options first before pursuing surgery, even if these non-surgical treatments delay the need for surgery by only a few months or years. These treatments may include bracing, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid or viscosupplement injections (rooster comb or gel shots), or specialized physical therapy.
New advances in medical technology and health sciences now allow for additional non-surgical options for those struggling with painful arthritis, ligament tears and joint damage. This new field of orthopedics is called Regenerative Orthopedics.
Regenerative Orthopedics enables a person to amplify their own body’s ability to heal itself by utilizing certain cells that are already in that persons body, specifically in their fat. While this may sound implausible, the results are very real. According to published research, Regenerative Orthopedics — specifically Stem Cell Therapy — for knee arthritis results in 58-68% improvement in pain and 67-83% improvement in function one to two years after treatment.
Regenerative Orthopedics includes two major treatment options.
- Stem Cell Therapy – This is a cutting-edge procedure that delivers concentrated cells and “growth factors” right to the point of injury stimulating a powerful healing response capable of repairing damaged tissue. At our clinic, we only source these cells from fat in your own body – not from amniotic fluid, placental tissue or umbilical cord blood.
- Platelet Rich Plasma – Similar to Stem Cell Therapy, this procedure uses the healing properties of platelets (found in your blood) to turbo-charge your body’s ability to recover from injuries. When injury occurs in the body, blood flow is needed to supply the necessary cells and nutrients to drive the healing process. There are certain areas in the body that have very limited blood flow, and when injured, have a difficult time healing. This is especially true of tendons and cartilage including meniscus. PRP Therapy is used to target these areas with advanced healing properties. Many famous athletes — PGA’s Tiger Woods, NBA’s Steph Curry, MLB’s Alex Rodriguez, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries.
With all of the misleading information in the news and online about “Stem Cell” treatments, it is important to understand the science behind these treatments. For instance, “Stem Cell” procedures using amniotic, placental or umbilical tissues are not “Stem Cell” procedures as they contain NO LIVE CELLS! In our center, we start by using liposuction to harvest fat from the patient’s own belly region. This fat tissue is one of the richest sources of stem cells, with 500 to 1000 times more concentration of stem cells than bone marrow.
“Stem Cell” procedures using amniotic, placental or umbilical tissues are not “Stem Cell” procedures as they contain NO LIVE CELLS!
If you would like to learn more about how Regenerative Orthopedics may be able to help you overcome arthritis or other joint pain without joint replacement surgery, I encourage you to request an appointment by completing the “Are You a Candidate” form.
Are You a Candidate for Regenerative Orthopedics?
If you are experiencing joint pain related to arthritis or other injury, regenerative treatments may be able to help you return to a pain free life. Simply provide your information below or call us today at (817) 335-4316 to find out if you’re a candidate.
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“My visits are always pleasant and professional. There is a great team in place here and I have full confidence in Dr.Meyers to evaluate my health issues and provide the best solution going forward to help me have a better quality of life. Many thanks to all who have served me here!”
“I had been struggling with debilitating foot and ankle pain for nearly a year. A previous physician wanted to do surgery. I came to Dr. Meyers and he and his team were able to treat my injuries conservatively. He listens and works to find the root cause instead of just treating the symptoms. I am now pain free and back to my normal activities.”
“Dr. Meyers is a wonderful doctor. He’s personable, easy to understand, and truly concerned about the patient’s concerns.”
“Had a wonderful experience. Knees feel brand new without surgery.”
“Dr Meyers did stem cell injection in my right shoulder that had a small rotator cuff tear. The procedure went very well and recovery from that was short and mostly pain free. After 4 weeks of recovery, I started PT to the shoulder which was very well handled by David, giving me back full range of motion with no pain.”
“I felt that Dr Meyer was very personable and charming. He was very knowledgeable about his field of study. And he set a plan of action for my treatment. He was honest about results and seemed to care about my health.”
“Doctor Meyers explained the process step by step. He has an excellent bed side manner. I will recommend him to others.”
“Dr. Meyers respected my 90 year old mom. She spoke directly to her, and and gave her the respect that she was able to understand. Very much appreciated this kind of treatment.”
“Dr. Meyers took time to answer all our questions and concerns. We didn’t feel rushed and would highly recommend.”
“Dr. Meyers and his staff are very professional and caring! I am confident that I chose the right practice and medical team to help me get my knee back on track!”
Steven J. Meyers, M.D.
Non-Operative Sports Medicine Physician
Fellowship Trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine
Dr. Steve Meyers is a sports medicine physician specializing in the non-operative treatment of all sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. He manages all general orthopedic diagnoses from neck pain to toe pain and all areas in between. He has a special interest in Regenerative Medicine, using one’s own cells to heal damaged tissue and improve pain and function. He also treats acute and chronic athletic/sports injuries in addition to non-operative fracture care. As a former competitive athlete, he understands the desire to return to sport after injury.
After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Meyers received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He then completed family practice residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston followed by fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at U.T. Southwestern in Dallas.
Dr. Meyers also specializes in the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Ultrasound imaging allows him to visualize soft tissue injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles and even direct specific treatment to injured areas.
My Practice Philosophy
When I meet a new patient who is curious about how I practice Non-Operative Orthopedics, I tell them that in everything I do, from the first visit through follow up, I will treat them how I would want to be treated myself. As a former competitive athlete and an active adventure seeker today, I know first hand how much life can change with an injury or degenerative issue. My goal is to help your body recover from your injury, avoid re-injury and get you back into the game of life as soon as possible.