Heart attack risks of hip and knee replacement

Avoiding the Heart Attack Risk Associated with Hip and Knee Replacement

Scott Brandt, M.D. Knee Replacement Alternative, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Hip, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee

Heart attack risk soars in the first month post hip and knee replacement. Consider stem cell therapy as a safer alternative.

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Surgeons often recommend hip and knee replacements for patients suffering from chronic hip or knee pain, yet the procedures are notorious for their drawbacks. Many of our patients were told their “bone-on-bone” joints needed to be replaced, but they remained wary because of the grueling recovery, the risk of infection, and other post-operative complications. Investigators of a recent article published in Arthritis and Rheumatology looked at the risk of heart attacks in older patients during the first month following total joint replacement surgery. The findings of the study were surprising and yielded another great reason to consider stem cells instead of joint replacement: heart attack risk soars in the first month following hip and knee replacement.

Findings about Increased Heart Attack Risk Associated with Hip and Knee Replacement

The researchers found a four- to eight-fold increase in heart attacks in the immediate postoperative period following joint replacement surgery.
The researchers found an eight-fold increase in heart attacks in the immediate postoperative period following knee replacement surgery in comparison to a control group that did not undergo the procedure. In the hip replacement group, there was a four-fold increase as compared to the control group. This risk then declined in the six months following surgery, returning to baseline by the sixth month point.

“Our findings suggest that the immediate postoperative risk of myocardial infarction following joint arthroplasty may have been previously underappreciated, and further measures to prevent this serious event may need to be considered,” cautioned the study’s authors. The risk was similar when considering age, sex, duration of osteoarthritis, socioeconomic factors and history of cardiovascular disease.

Stem Cell Treatment, the 21st Century Alternative to Hip and Knee Replacement

Stem cell injections, on the other hand, remain an excellent option in combatting painful arthritis and are a safe, effective alternative that do not carry this increased risk of heart attack.

  • Joint replacement surgery increases the risk of heart attacks due to the effects of major surgery, anesthetics, and blood loss.  On the other hand, stem cell treatments are an out-patient, minimally invasive procedure that requires no general anesthesia, there is no insertion of foreign prosthetics, and there is little to no blood loss.

  • Many patients do not want to undergo a major invasive surgery and the inherent risks associated with the surgery. Stem cells can potentially provide the relief they are seeking without the risks and recovery time.

  • The stem cells used in the procedure are the patient’s own stem cells and carry no risk of rejection. The stem cells come from a patient’s own adult fat tissue and bone marrow. On the other hand, a joint replacement introduces foreign prosthetics into the body that may cause infection throughout a patient’s lifetime.

  • After a stem cell procedure, patient’s can walk out of the office on their own. The downtime is very minimal. ThriveMD recommends no impact sports for one month but a patient can walk immediately after the treatment. Light exercise can be resumed after one week. Patients typically notice improvement in 2-12 weeks – patients who used stem cell therapy for partial ACL tears are great examples.

  • In the past, the term bone-on-bone meant a joint replacement was inevitable. Today, many of the joints described as bone-on-bone are still excellent candidates for stem cell treatments. There is a very broad range in the degree of degeneration when the term bone-on-bone is used.

  • Stem cell procedures are performed in under 3 hours.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
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