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Recovery Time For Knee Replacement Surgery: Could It Potentially Take Years?

Does Recovery Time For Knee Replacement Surgery Take Longer Than You Think?


You read the title correctly: it is possible that the recovery time for knee replacement surgery could be much longer than you had expected. That may seem implausible to some, but the reality of the situation is that many underestimate the total recovery time for knee replacement surgeries over the course of their lifetimes. And yes, you also read that correctly- surgeries. This may come as a surprise, but an individual’s first knee replacement surgery usually isn’t the last that they’ll have.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that someone can have multiple recovery times. Add those periods of recovery together, and an individual could technically rack up years of hospital time, downtime, trips to the doctor, physical therapy, and everything else that comes along with having knee replacement surgery.

Let’s break it down a little further- first and foremost, the hospital stay of the initial knee replacement surgery lasts from 7-14 days. Next up follows an average of 6 months of bedrest, physical therapy, changing bandages and compression socks, visits to the doctor, etc.- essentially sacrificing your precious time for half a year (and sometimes longer) of recovery. Even at that, that’s just assuming that there aren’t any surgical complications such as infections (which could technically make the recovery process over a year long, should surgical intervention be needed again). Oh, and by the way, you’ll probably have to get the surgery again anywhere between 5-15 years after the first replacement depending on your age and personal factors.

Adding all of this up together, that means that if you have your knee replaced at 45 years old and live until you’re 90, you could technically dedicate 3 years of your life to surgical and post-surgical treatments on your knee...and that’s just for one knee. So in actuality, recovery time for knee replacement surgery could take far longer than expected.

As we’ve mentioned before, the initial post-procedure recovery time for knee replacement surgery averages about 7-14 days in the hospital. While this may not seem like a long time, let’s apply this to the aforementioned scenario above. If you have 5 knee surgeries in your lifetime, that means that you could spend up to 2 months in the hospital. This of course is all dependent on factors such as age and severity, but life can sometimes throw a wrench in your recovery plans. This is especially true in terms of getting an infection while in the hospital.

Hospitals do have infection rates which can cause fairly problematic post-surgical issues. Implant infections are difficult to diagnose and treat, and can be incredibly costly. Although OrthoInfo says that “only” 1 in 100 knee replacement patients will develop an infection, consider the fact that over 700,000 people get knee replacement surgery. That means that over 7,000 people will develop an infection. Also, consider that to be a low-balled estimate. For example, one study found that out of 476 knees that had received knee replacement surgery, 91 had to be treated for infection and 385 “were revised for aseptic failure”. Because the infection rate is probably higher than previously estimated, one can’t count out the possibility that they will a) develop an infection, b) have to receive multiple surgeries in a short period of time, and c) have to extend hospital stay as well as recovery time for knee replacement surgery.

The aftercare regime that follows a knee replacement averages out to be about 6 months. Again, if we take our scenario from above, that means that someone could spend 2.5 years of their lifetime dedicated to post-surgical aftercare. How? If someone receives 5 knee surgeries in their lifetime from age 45 to 90 years old (2 replacements per knee, 1 needing surgical care due to infection), that means they could spend around 30 months of their life resting, changing bandages and compression sleeves, icing, and having to perform hour-long strength training exercises which are usually done in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Add up all of this recovery time for knee replacement surgery and the number is close to 3 years. Although this may seem like a small number, it’s 3 years you will never get back. That number isn’t even including the continued physical therapy that will have to ensue between surgeries. Consider an alternative…Autologous Regenerative PRP Stem Cell Therapy.


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Regeneris Medical’s autologous PRP Stem Cell Therapy has a total recovery time of only 2 weeks. That’s it. Regenerative PRP Stem Cell Therapy for knees is a safe, minimally invasive procedure with an incredibly minimal infection rate that won’t leave you bedridden for months. Regeneris Medical will help you utilize your body’s own healing powers so that you can get back to living your life without wasting any time. Your life is precious- don’t waste any time. Contact Regeneris Medical today for more information by calling 1-855-734-3678 or sending an e-mail to

Personalized Medicine with Regeneris Medical

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Chances are that you or someone else you know is taking some sort of prescription medication. But did you know that those medications may not be even working, or doing more harm than good? “The top ten highest-grossing drugs in the United States help between 1 in 25 and 1 in 4 of the people who take them” meaning that millions of people are taking medications that aren’t helping them. [1]

Traditional methodologies in diagnosing and treating patients can be described as being “one size fits all”. Currently, medicine and health care is centered around the “standards of care”. These “standards of care” have traditionally been “the best courses of prevention or treatment for the general population, or the average person on the street.” For example- treating osteoarthritis of the knee. Let’s say an individual is maybe experiencing pain, popping, and cracking in her knee. She then goes to her specialist where they would confirm the diagnosis. The doctor then lays out a general treatment plan that is used for all patients with OA of the knee. The patient will then start the plan and go under treatment after treatment until she finally responds. However, when and how well the patient will respond is all in question. Thus, a patient can waste a lot of time and money by attempting to fix a problem because of traditional “generalized” treatments. [2]

This is where personalized medicine comes in.


What is personalized medicine?

Personalized medicine is a fast-growing field “that is informed by each person's unique clinical, genetic, genomic, and environmental information.” By determining these factors––which vary from person to person––medical personnel may then be able to tell an individual if there are any diseases or high receptibility rate within their biological makeup, and the likelihood and timing of actually developing said diseases. “By combining this information with an individual's medical records and circumstances, personalized medicine allows doctors and patients to develop targeted treatment and prevention plans.” [3,4]

Personalized medicine not only identifies potential conditions within an individual, but can also aid in “how they might respond to drugs or other interventions” since diseases technically are “as individual as the people who have them. Personalized medicine is about making the treatment as individualized as the patient”.

Thus, whether a patient will have a positive or negative reaction to specific treatments and prevention plans can be potentially discerned from these tests, in which a Personalized Medicine plan can then be implemented and catered to the individual’s needs.

According to U.S. News and Duke Medicine, Benefits of Personalized Medicine include…

-Ability to make more informed medical decisions

-Higher probability of desired outcomes thanks to better-targeted therapies

-Reduced probability of negative side effects

-Focus on prevention and prediction of disease rather than reaction to it

-Earlier disease intervention than has been possible in the past

-Reduced healthcare costs [5]


Personalized Medicine with Regeneris Medical

At Regeneris Medical, we take the time to sit with our patients to get the most accurate diagnosis. Before starting any sort of treatment plan, we will make sure that we create an individualized procedure that we think is best for your prognosis. Not only do we take a personalized medicine approach, but we also seek more natural alternatives so that there are no risks. Regeneris does this by using your very own body as a source of medicine.


Repair Yourself with Regeneris

Regeneris Medical utilizes two different autologous regenerative sources.

1.Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP), which is obtained through a simple blood-draw. PRP contains proteins called growth-factors that help heal injuries. We concentrate PRP by placing it into a centrifuge, in which the platelets are separated from the other blood cells.

2.Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells- stem cells that are obtained through fat. Although there are several sources of stem cells, this is one of the safest, minimally invasive, least painful, ethically sound methods for obtaining MSCs. In fact, “this category of cell can be found in adipose (fat) tissue at nearly 2000 times the frequency of bone marrow,” meaning that adipose is one of the richest sources of stem cells. [6] At Regeneris Medical, we use the patient’s very own adult adipose (fat) cells by way of a mini-liposuction in which we attain only 50 mL of fat- all under local anesthesia, after which we then exploit the healing abilities of the MSCs within the fat.

Our procedures can be utilized for a non-exhaustive list of conditions, meaning that it is possible that we can heal a major number of diseases and disorders just by taking advantage of the body’s own healing abilities.

With these protocols, we can introduce these healing properties back into the affected areas of the body, all depending on what the diagnosis is. Regeneris can customize and combine methodologies so that you don’t have to spend another moment suffering.


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