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Knee replacement surgery is not a permanent cure. Typically, the new metal joint will last 10 to 15 years. Because of this, even with a ‘perfect’ procedure, many patients will need two or even more knee replacements in their lifetime, depending on their age at the time of the first procedure.
While most knee replacements are done on patients between the ages of 50 and 80, there are now people even younger being recommended for this surgery. That translates to about 700,000 Americans, according to the CDC, now having a knee replacement each year. And approximately 105,000 of those will be back in the OR for a repeat surgery long before 15 years - especially if they are obese or extremely active.
Why not pursue options to avoid surgery in the first place?
Flexogenix® specializes in non-surgical solutions that have helped over 40,000 patients avoid having knee replacement surgery altogether. In fact, many patients at stage 4 osteoarthritis have been treated successfully with viscosupplementation at Flexogenix®.
Is knee replacement surgery worth the risks?
News media from CNN to the New York Times have reported that at least a third, if not half, of all knee replacements might be unnecessary. And a study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond found the potential benefits of total knee replacement surgery were greater than the possible risks for only 44 percent of participants.
Surgical risks of knee replacement:
- Blood clots
- General risks of anesthesia
- Nerve damage
- Other bones broken during the surgery
- Replacement parts can become loose, break or pop out
But these patients are suffering from pain severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities. What choice do they have?
Consider Non-Surgical Solutions
Flexogenix® is committed to helping patients regain active, pain-free lifestyles with innovative nonsurgical solutions for musculoskeletal conditions.
The Knee-Flex 5-Step protocol is a prime example. This treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee is administered weekly over the course of about four to five weeks. This treatment provides more substantial pain relief, better mobility, and better long term results, so you can get back to the activities you love to do. The Knee-Flex 5-Step Protocol takes the very latest FDA approved non-surgical knee pain treatment, and enhances it to provide a level of results that few others can match.
The Knee-Flex 5-Step Protocol
Step 1: Immediate Pain Relief
Our priority from day 1 is for our patients to experience life without knee pain. Using our advanced imaging techniques, we map the sensory nerves around the knee. Utilizing innovative procedures to reduce nerve pain around the joints, the nerves are prevented from continuing to transmit pain signals. This replaces the use of steroids and protects patients from the long-term damage often associated with steroid injections. The pain relief is significant, but it is temporary and we must remind patients that it does not replace the reconditioning necessary in steps 2-5 of the Knee-Flex 5-Step Protocol.
Step 2: Lubricate & Protect the Knee Joint
Using the latest image-guidance technology, our medical team administers the injection of hyaluronic acid with pinpoint precision. The HA provides lubrication and tempers the friction within the joint to reduce cartilage wear and tear, diminish bone-on-bone pain, and increase mobility. The precision and accuracy of the image-guided injection ensures the gel-like fluid is injected directly into the joint capsule for optimal results.
Step 3: Initiate Kineti-Flex®
With the knee pain under control and mobility restored, the process begins to design your individualized, medically supervised reconditioning program to build true health, strength, and integrity of your joints. This step is where we assess the many contributing factors that actually caused your knee and joint pain, as well as develop a detailed conditioning prescription to correct the problems, and prevent pain from returning again.
Step 4: Knee Alignment - Bracing
Along with Kineti-Flex®, our medical team will carefully examine the alignment of the joint and determine whether it will benefit from either short term or long term bracing. As with every aspect of Flexogenix® treatments, we have extensively researched the latest innovations and advancements in bracing. When prescribed, effective bracing and alignment can be a key to successfully achieving long term joint pain relief.
Step 5: Continuously Promote Healing
The final step is an advanced injection protocol to stop any further degradation of the knee joint and cartilage by promoting the body’s natural healing response with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This step is essential and introduces growth factors that create a strong foundation to restore the integrity of the joint. Together with Kineti-Flex® and bracing, PRP completes a comprehensive treatment plan that has helped thousands of patients avoid surgery.
Seek the Experts
If you’re considering having surgery for your chronic knee pain, it is important to know your options. With most knee replacements having to be redone at least every 10-15 years, make sure to get a second opinion before deciding to commit to risky surgery.
Contact Flexogenix® today to schedule your no-cost consultation and let our experts show you how our non-surgical solutions can relieve your pain and improve your life! Get back to the active lifestyle that you deserve today.