The Risks Involved with Knee or Hip Replacements

With an invasive procedure such as knee or hip replacements, there are known risks such as infection, blood clots, vessel injury, allergy to components, rejection to prosthetic, neurovascular damage, loss of motion, stroke/heart attack, complications from anesthesia, and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

Knee or Hip Replacements

Joint replacement in a younger patient (i.e. < 50 years old) can require a revision joint replacement every 15-20 years. This again exposes patients to the above to a greater degree and has a lower rate of success. There are also a large percentage of patients who still have pain after a total knee replacement.

For the average individual without health insurance, a knee or hip replacement could cost around $50,000 or more in the greater New York City area. With insurance, the patient can still be responsible for deductibles upwards of a couple of thousand dollars in addition to their copays. These procedures can also require several days in the hospital (an average of 3-4 days) and medical devices/home care.

Other procedures such as an ACL surgery or knee arthroscopy often results in cartilage breakdown and will create a negative environment. These can be treated with PRP, bone marrow, or fat harvested cells.

Alternatives to Surgery