A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries, but you may not automatically need to choose surgery to treat it. Sometimes rest, ice and medication can be enough to prompt the knee to heal naturally. If you’re suffering from a more severe tear that comes with pain, swelling and immobility, you still may be able to avoid surgery by opting for stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional surgery, and SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute’s Dr. Garg M.D. is one of the select physicians to offer it in the U.S. His stem cell procedures involve the use of adult stem cells from the patient’s own body, resulting in repair, regeneration and healing of tissue for a wide range of conditions and injuries.
Meniscus Tear Explained
The meniscus is a crescent-shaped piece of cartilage in your knee that acts as a buffer between your thighbone and shinbone. Each of your knees has two menisci, and you can tear any of them through vigorous twisting, rotating or forceful impacts of the knee.
Athletes are particularly prone to a torn meniscus, but the injury can also happen during daily activities that involve heavy lifting or deep squats or knee bends that place undue pressure on the knee area. Getting older can also increase the risk of a meniscus tear due to the ongoing wear and tear on the knee over the years.
Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy
More than rest and natural healing is typically required for a meniscus tear that results in ongoing knee pain and the inability to move your knee in its normal fashion. The traditional solution to more severe tears has long been surgery, but medical advancements have made stem cell therapy a beneficial option.
Traditional surgery involves removing some or all of the torn meniscus. While the procedure, known as a meniscectomy, does remove the damaged area, it also removes some of your knee’s ability to absorb shock. Taking away even a portion of the meniscus additionally decreases your overall stability.
Because you no longer enjoy the full amount of protection your meniscus offered, your knee becomes subjected to excessive wear and tear. The excessive wear on your knee cartilage can eventually lead to its degeneration and, eventually, osteoarthritis in your knee.
Instead of removing the torn meniscus, stem cell therapy aims to repair it. Stem cells from your own body are injected into the injured knee area, where they grow, differentiate, and assist with the healing of the meniscus.
Researchers from Japan’s Hiroshima University have undertaken studies that transplanted stem cells from the tibia to the torn meniscus in rats, resulting in the healing of the meniscus. Their results were promising enough for them to predict stem cell therapy would eventually outshine surgery as the go-to clinical procedure used to treat a tear in the meniscus. At SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute, it already has.
Other Stem Cell Therapy Benefits
In addition to the chances of succumbing to knee degeneration and osteoarthritis, surgery comes with a number of risks not found with stem cell therapy. Most surgeries involve the use of a general anesthesia and its potential side effects, whereas stem cell therapy uses a local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
Recuperation after traditional surgery can be lengthy and fraught with the risk of infection. Stem cell therapy often has patients ready to return to work within a week or less, without the scarring or infection risk that comes with an invasive surgical incision.
For more information on how stem cell therapy can help your torn meniscus, contact SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute today by calling 1-888-434-6841 or visiting us online at SmartChoiceStemCell.com.
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