Return to Function and Satisfaction After Total Knee Replacement? Fact vs. Fiction

by Chris Centeno, MD /

Receive a Regenexx® Patient Info Packet by email and learn why it's a superior regenerative solution.

pic

Return to Function and Satisfaction After Total Knee Replacement? Fact vs. Fiction

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, we acknowledge the pain and limitation associated with knee osteoarthritis. It can make the simplest task, like walking upstairs or getting out of a chair, almost impossible at times. Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis occurs in 10% of men and 13% of women in the United States. The rate of osteoarthritis has more than doubled since 1940.

Recently, there has been an avalanche of knee replacement advertisements. The ads show a middle-aged couple post knee replacement sprinting down the beach, skiing past the trees, and biking up the mountains. Is this reality or Madison Avenue hype?

pic​​​​​​

New Study Detailing Activity and Satisfaction Following Total Knee Replacement

Researchers, Baker et al, followed 99 patients who underwent knee replacement from august 2015 to December 2015. The study was a prospective longitudinal cohort observational survey. Patients identified activities most important to return to after knee replacement. Patients were contacted at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months post procedure.

Study Results

The percentage of patients who actually returned to kneeling was only 85%, to cycling was 40%, and to sports was only 60%. Ouch! There seems to be a disconnect between the hype and reality.

Patient satisfaction was no better. The percentage of patients who returned to a given activity but were NOT satisfied at 12 months is concerning.

  • Regarding kneeling, 59% of patients at 12 months post surgery were not satisfied.
  • Regarding cycling, 59% of patients at 12 months were not satisfied.
  • Regarding sports, 40% of patients at 12 months were not satisfied.

Alternative to Knee Replacement

[VIDEO=3]

Don’t believe in the hype. Satisfaction and return to cycling and sports is low in patients post knee replacement at 12 months.

If you have ongoing knee pain that is limiting your potential to have a great powder day in blue sky basin or an afternoon with your grandson, please schedule a consultation at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, where a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician will review you history, surgeries, medications, and MRI and perform a thorough evaluation. Thereafter, you will be provided a candidacy rating and treatment plan.  Anything less will compromise your potential.

Category: Knee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 thoughts on “Return to Function and Satisfaction After Total Knee Replacement? Fact vs. Fiction

  1. Stacey Kaufman

    I am a happy Dr. Schultz patient. Although I have a long road ahead with my ccj damage, I am seeing some positive changes that I never would have thought possible. I have a question on behalf of a friend of mine. She has knee osteoarthritis with bone on bone and is being told she will need a knee replacement. Can a Regenexx stem cell procedure help keep her from going through surgery, or is bone on bone too far gone for your stem cells procedure to heal her?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Stacey,
      Glad to hear you’re doing so well! We treat bone on bone knee arthritis regularly, and we always trying all non-invasive procedures before any joint replacement. If she’d like to see if she would be a Candidate, please have her give us a call at 303 429 6448.

  2. Marv Richardson

    Is there anything you can do for knee replacement, only getting 90% Bend after knee revision

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Marv,
      This is very common result of knee replacement, and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do for the knee itself as there is no longer a biological joint. However, an important issue with knee replacement is if there is a low back problem, symptomatic or not, TKR results are not as good. https://regenexx.com/blog/knee-replacement-outcomes-back-pain/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/low-back-and-knee-pain/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/knee-replacement-questions/ We’ve helped tens of thousands of patients avoid joint replacement and hopefully we can help you avoid joint replacement in the future. For now, if you’d like us to take a look at your back, please let us know, here, or give us a call at 855 622 7838.

Chris Centeno, MD

Regenexx Founder

Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
View Profile

Get Blog Updates by Email

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Regenerative procedures are commonly used to treat musculoskelatal trauma, overuse injuries, and degenerative issues, including failed surgeries.
Select Your Problem Area
Shoulder

Shoulder

Many Shoulder and Rotator Cuff injuries are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.

  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tear / Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Other Degenerative Conditions & Overuse Injuries
Learn More
Cervical Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Knee

Knees

Knees are the target of many common sports injuries. Sadly, they are also the target of a number of surgeries that research has frequently shown to be ineffective or minimally effective. Knee arthritis can also be a common cause for aging athletes to abandon the sports and activities they love. Regenerative procedures can be used to treat a wide range of knee injuries and conditions. They can even be used to reduce pain and delay knee replacement for more severe arthritis.

  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Knee ACL Tears
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Other Knee Ligaments / Tendons & Overuse Injuries
  • And more
Learn More
Lower Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist

Hand and wrist injuries and arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and conditions relating to overuse of the thumb, are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Thumb Arthritis (Basal Joint, CMC, Gamer’s Thumb, Texting Thumb)
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More
Elbow

Elbow

Most injuries of the elbow’s tendons and ligaments, as well as arthritis, can be treated non-surgically with regenerative procedures.

  • Golfer’s elbow & Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament wear (common in baseball pitchers)
  • And more
Learn More
Hip

Hip

Hip injuries and degenerative conditions become more common with age. Do to the nature of the joint, it’s not quite as easy to injure as a knee, but it can take a beating and pain often develops over time. Whether a hip condition is acute or degenerative, regenerative procedures can help reduce pain and may help heal injured tissue, without the complications of invasive surgical hip procedures.

  • Labral Tear
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Sprain, Tendonitis or Inflammation
  • Hip Instability
Learn More
Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are common in athletes. These injuries can often benefit from non-surgical regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More

Is Regenexx Right For You?

Request a free Regenexx Info Packet

REGENEXX WEBINARS

Learn about the #1 Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for treating arthritis, common joint injuries & spine pain.

Join a Webinar

RECEIVE BLOG ARTICLES BY EMAIL

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the Blog

FOLLOW US

Copyright © Regenexx 2019. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.