When faced with the serious prospect of going through surgery, it is good practice to research every option available. Depending on the condition, many people are choosing a more natural way to heal their bodies. For this blog, we talked with Dr. Tyna Moore of Core Wellness Clinic, and asked her to explain why patients are choosing to have Prolotherapy over surgery.
Simply put: Surgery can not be undone. Once a patient has had a surgical procedure, they can never “un-do” it. As Dr. Moore explains; “The process of being put under general anesthesia is potentially dangerous. Infection to the joint is a potential risk as well.” Dr. Moore states that patients fail to realize that the post-operative recovery just following a procedure is also a dangerous time. Post-op recovery is often long and difficult. She explains that she has witnessed patients who went in for a routine hip-replacement and got pneumonia following their surgery; all due to the difficulty of the process on the body.
Prolotherapy requires no long-term commitment like surgery. All procedures are done in-office and require no anesthesia, no staying overnight, and no major recovery. Most patients are back to normal activities the day after treatment.
2. Physical Tolls
When a patient chooses to replace a joint via surgery, they are often required to complete lengthy sessions with a Physical Therapist. These sessions are necessary for the patient to adapt to the new joint.
Prolotherapy works with a patient’s existing joint, and simply prompts the immune system to heal itself naturally. Physical therapy following treatment can help, but is used more to increase functional integrity of the joint rather than the arduous therapy required following a major joint replacement. It is not nearly as involved as learning to walk again after a knee or hip has been replaced through surgery.
When a patient has surgery, they often much miss weeks –maybe even months—of work due to recovery. Not only is the cost of surgery already very high, but missing work can be very costly. Due to the recent changes to many people’s health plans, deductibles are quite high and often thousands of dollars. On average, most people pay several thousands dollars—or more—just for the surgery. Add to this the expenses of co-pays, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and missed work.
Prolotherapy is much less costly than surgery. Regenerative Injection Therapies, including Stem Cells, often cost less than the patient’s deductible!
4. Recovery Time
We have already talked about the long recovery time following surgery, however with Prolotherapy, there is virtually no down time. After the treatment, a patient is able to walk out of the office on his/her own. They might experience 24 to 48 hours of post-injection soreness (usually not painful enough to warrant pain medication). Patients are also able to go back to work the same or next day.
Patients can pick up their usual activities or sports about one to three weeks following their treatment. Dr. Moore makes it clear that depending on the case, a patient should not due any high impact exercises immediately following, although they are certainly able to walk, workout gently, and use the joint as they normally would.
The risk is very high with surgery, for the many reasons we’ve highlighted above. If the surgery doesn’t work and the pain still persists, patients will simply have to live with it—after investing a lot of time and money. Dr. Moore explains that in certain cases, she is actually unable to treat patients with Prolotherapy if they have already had surgery, because they now have joints with metal and this increases the risk of infection.Therefore, patients are stuck living with the pain. Also, surgery have the potential make the joint more weak and unstable, as the ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint have been cut, altered, or compromised.
However, when a patient chooses to do Prolotherapy first, they are risking next to nothing. The worst-case scenario for a patient choosing Prolotherapy is that it doesn’t work for them. If the injections don’t work on a person—for whatever reason—then no harm is physically done to the person, besides the money they have spent.
Patients should always do their own homework and research their options before choosing to undergo any procedure, be it injections or surgery. It is clear that there is less risk and more benefits associated with Prolotherapy. To quote Dr. Moore, “Surgery is about as foreign and final as it gets. I would literally do anything before I let someone cut into me or replace a major joint. What I do is completely natural. I’m using the patient’s own tissues or natural substances to get their immune system to heal themselves. It’s about as Naturopathic as it gets!”
If you are interested in becoming a patient or simply having a conversation about your pain, would like me to review your case or would like a referral to a practitioner in your area, this can be done via an Online Consultation.
Due to the high volume of requests, I am unable to answer individual requests for specific doctor referrals in your area. To find a doctor in your area who offers these therapies, please refer to my PRP 101 Insiders Cheat Sheet and Free Academy.
There is a tremendous amount of information on my website about these therapies, so please have a look around and see if you can’t find answers to your questions there. We have testimonials on every page and even a Research page with supporting studies. Enjoy!
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