It is true that many orthopedic surgeons prefer to perform surgery as a last resort to treat a host of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Doctors today seem to have been turning to previously less conventional treatment approaches, such as regenerative medicine and physical therapy, in an effort to avoid surgical treatment. However, some of these practices, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy, can actually be used in combination with surgical treatments.
Depending on the particular case, combining surgical procedures with regenerative medicine has given orthopedic surgeons a leg up, as they have found that combining the two methods have optimized their patient’s treatment results. In addition, these alternative methods of treatment can have the benefit of cutting down a patient’s dependency on pain-relieving medications.
Orthopedic surgeons carefully examine the patient’s diagnosis before making any decisions on treatment options. When a treatment option is decided, that choice may be combined with other procedures, as each modality has its own strengths and weakness, also depending on the person and their case. For example, a joint replacement or surgical reconstruction may successfully stabilize a joint and prevent further damage, but it may not eliminate all symptoms of pain and inflammation in the joint, leading to further chronic pain. Therefore, regenerative medicine, popularly known as stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, combined with traditional surgery, may provide additional pain-relieving properties that surgery on its own may not.
The body has an amazing way of being able to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses a concentrated amount of your own platelets and injects them directly into the injured/degenerated tissue. This accelerates new tissue growth, allowing the body and site of injury to quickly heal itself, shortening recovery time after surgery. The patient can then return to their daily lives, recover faster, have less pain, and avoid lengthy hospital stays.
With this innovative combination of treatment options, the limitations of one treatment method are compensated for by the strengths of the other method. In this case, the healing properties of PRP therapy injected into the surgical area boost the healing of what would normally be a more invasive treatment option. While surgery may still be needed, there should be less pain and a quicker recovery time. When different modalities, such as PRP and traditional surgery work together, the orthopedist can give the patient a successful outcome. This is called synergy.
To learn more about how regenerative medicine combined with traditional surgery can be beneficial, call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 to request an appointment, or request one online.