Does your knee still hurt even after undergoing surgery to correct a knee injury? If it does, you’re not alone. Patients having problems associated with procedures to correct torn meniscus or an ACL injury are a common occurrence. More often than not, these patients think that the surgery they have undergone is useless and a complete waste of time and money. However, in many cases, the surgery didn’t fail. What happened is that it wasn’t simply capable of solving all the knee problems a patient was experiencing.
How We Determine Additional Knee Issues
At Skin to Bone, I often encounter patients who have had pain after undergoing knee surgery. This is why I developed a service that helps educate and treat people using regenerative techniques that use your own immune system to help promote healing and repair. As part of this service, I help diagnose extra knee issues that might still be present after surgery.
To determine if there are more knee injuries after the procedure, I do a detailed history and physical. To aid the final diagnosis, I will use diagnostic ultrasound which allows us to see the superficial structures of the knee. If needed I will administer a local anesthetic or nerve block so we can confirm whether the pain is originating from a certain area. If the pain disappears, this will confirm our initial diagnosis.
Treating Failed Knee Surgeries
Skin to Bone utilizes two methods to treat failed knee surgeries: through the injection of platelet rich plasma, or PRP, and through prolotherapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelets have this innate ability to repair damaged tissues by releasing growth factors. In return, these growth factors initiate the healing process. PRP therapy strengthens this process by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to the injured area to boost its effectiveness and speed up the healing process.
When you undergo PRP therapy at Skin to Bone, a small sample of your blood will be taken and placed in a centrifuge. Then, it will be spun at high speeds in order to separate the healing platelets from other blood components. Afterwards, the highly concentrated PRP will be injected into the area of injury to initiate healing.
Our process is different from others as we make sure to use only the safest and most effective methods. Our samples are hand-processed to ensure that we produce only PRP that is free from contaminants. Because of this, most of our patients need only one injection of PRP to help their knee go through the final stages of repair and experience a significant improvement in their condition.
In this procedure, a solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic is used to facilitate the healing of injured knees. This Proletherapy solution stimulates the body’s natural healing capability to start repairing the injury.
By stimulating the growth of new tissues, Prolotherapy helps eliminates hidden knee issues that might still be present after a failed surgery. This allows the injured knee to finally heal, thus, helping restore the patient’s mobility and improving their quality of life.
If you have a failed knee surgery, these two options may finally provide you with the knee relief you’re looking for.