If you have knee pain, knee replacement surgery should always be the final option.
Although it is a common and safe procedure, a knee replacement is major surgery which has its associated risks and also a long recovery period.
Before considering a knee replacement it is advisable to discuss non-surgical treatments with your doctor.
Our expert team specialises in treating orthopaedic injuries, sports injuries, arthritis and other degenerative conditions using advanced non-surgical techniques including stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and platelet rich plasma therapy.
Lipogems® adipose tissue therapy is a minimally invasive treatment which uses your own fat tissue to promote healing. It is particularly beneficial for people with painful knees and a limited range of motion.
Fat is essential for cushioning and supporting joints and helping the repair of damaged and injured tissue. Lipogems® therapy involves fat cells being taken from your abdomen while you are sedated with a local anaesthetic. Your collected fat is processed in the Lipogems® device which rinses and cleans inflammatory oils and blood and keeps the natural and beneficial properties of the fat tissue. This is then injected into your knee.
The procedure takes less than an hour and there is minimal recovery time.
Lipogems® therapy can also be used in conjunction with surgery to support the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy takes advantages of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. It can reduce pain and improve joint function.
With PRP, your blood sample is taken and then put in a centrifuge which separates platelets from other blood components. Platelets contain proteins which help wounds to heal. The concentration of platelets is then injected into your knee.
The procedure takes approximately an hour.
Other alternatives your doctor or consultant may discuss with you may include:
Weight loss and exercise as a first step. Losing weight puts less strain on your knee and exercise, such as swimming or cycling, can improve the strength and flexibility of your knee as well as help you lose weight.
A physiotherapist can design a programme to reduce pain and strengthen the key muscles in your knee.
Over the counter pain relievers may help you control your knee pain and your doctor may also recommend steroid injections to reduce the inflammation in your knee.
If these methods don’t work your doctor may suggest an arthroscopy to remove bone fragments, pieces of torn meniscus, or damaged cartilage, as well as repair ligaments.