The following are all possible complications from traditional knee surgeries
- A 25-31X increase in the risk of heart attack!
- Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and/ or lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Infection immediately after surgery
- Infection of the implants years later due to a blood infection up to years later.
- Wear particles in the bloodstream
- Continued pain despite the joint being replaced
- Painful recovery period of several months
- Permanent decrease in range of motion, strength, or activity level
More About Possible Knee Surgery Risks and Complications
In 2002, the chairman of the orthopedics department at Baylor college of medicine published a research study in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. This study demonstrated that traditional arthroscopic debridement (cleaning up knee meniscus tears and degenerated tissue) was no better than a placebo surgery (1).
This research article sent shockwaves throughout the orthopedic community, as evidenced by the multiple commentaries and editorials published in response.To understand why this procedure likely doesn’t help many patients, it’s important to know what’s done. The surgeon often removes degenerated, frayed, or torn cartilage. For years many doctors believed that knee cartilage was an inert substance that acted simply as a biomechanical cushion. However, over the past decade research has shown that knee cartilage is actually living tissue that produces essential lubricating and protective substances for the joint. By removing these key cells, the ability of the joint to protect itself is reduced. This lowered level of protection then leads to a higher likelihood of subsequent injury, requiring more surgery and more removal of key tissue.
Recent research has also demonstrated that steroid injections into the knee harm these key cells(2). In the end, a knee replacement is often recommended. Knee replacement surgery carries with it a high complication rate, so many patients are often reluctant to proceed (3). As a result, a newer micro fracture procedure is sometimes recommended. The goal of this procedure is to poke holes in the bone to stimulate healing. While this procedure can produce some results in adding back protective fibro cartilage, it often requires the patient to spend 4-8 weeks on crutches and pain medications.
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1.Moseley, J.B., et al., A controlled trial of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee. N EnglJ Med, 2002. 347(2): p. 81-8.
2.Nakazawa, F., et al., Corticosteroid treatment induces chondrocyte apoptosis in an experimental arthritis model and in chondrocyte cultures. ClinExp Rheumatol, 2002. 20(6): p. 773-81.
3.Callahan, C.M., et al., Patient outcomes following unicompartmentalor bicompartmentalknee arthroplasty. A meta-analysis. J Arthroplasty, 1995. 10(2): p. 141-50