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Regenexx vs. Surgery

Regenexx Procedure

Traditional Surgery


Purpose Help the body heal itself. Improve pain and function. Remove and suture injured tissue. Remove natural tissue and joints. Our #1 priority is to produce the best patient outcomes possible. Everything about our patented technology is designed for results. We heavily invest in innovation and research, owning over half of all orthopedic stem cell research in the world, allowing us to continually bring the best product to our patients.
How Is It Performed? Inject your natural healing cells after isolating and concentrating them. Uses scalpel, hardware, or artificial components to remove, suture or replace injured tissue. The Regenexx procedures are needle based orthobiologic procedures designed to amplify the body’s ability to heal itself.
Invasive? Less Invasive More Invasive We use a precise needle guided technique to replenish your damaged area. This minimally invasive procedure enables your body to begin the process of self repair while lowering the risks associated with orthopedic surgery.
Scarring No Scar Scar There are no visible scars with injections.
Need for Hospitilization? No Yes Our minimally invasive procedures are performed the same day with shorter recovery time than traditional orthopedic surgery and no need for hospitalization.
Need for Pain Medications? Week Months Less invasive Regenexx procedures require less need for pain medication. Patients may need pain medication for one or two weeks post procedure, with many patients requiring much less. Traditional surgery pain medication requirements can vary from a month to two months .
Need for Bracing? Possibly Possibly Regenexx procedures and surgery may require bracing after the procedure. This depends on what part |of the body is treated or what surgery was performed.
Down Time/Activity Restrictions? 6 Weeks 2-3 Months or more Regenexx procedures require significantly less down time compared to the surgical alternative. Recovery time after a Regenexx procedure is typically reduced by more than 60%. Most are back to normal daily activity within a few days with modified activity over the first 6 weeks post procedure. Surgical procedures may require months of down time and activity restrictions.
Need for Physical Therapy? Twice a Week for 6 Weeks Twice a Week for 3 to 4 Months Physical therapy is a vital component to healing with both Regenexx and surgical procedures. Most Regenexx procedures require less time in physical therapy than the surgical alternative and better post procedure function allows the immediate implementation of PT.
Lost Time from Work Less More The majority of people are back to work within the same week of a Regenexx procedure. Depending on the procedure and location, there may be some recommendations for temporary work restrictions. Some traditional surgical procedures require patient to miss months of work.
Risks/Complications Minor Serious Regenexx procedures utilize cells from your own body, are minimally invasive, use only a needle, and therefore have significantly reduced risks/complications compared to the surgical alternative. Nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics are uninterrupted.The most common adverse reaction after a Regenexx procedure is some temporary increased pain and swelling at site of treatment. Traditional surgery has significantly higher risk for infection, bleeding, blood clots, heart attacks/strokes, pulmonary embolism, allergies to medications/artificial components, and post procedure pain.
Insurance Coverage No Yes Currently, Regenexx procedures are not covered by insurance.
Out of Pocket Cost Yes Yes Both treatment options require out of pocket expense. Regenexx procedures range from $1800-8000, depending on the treatment provided. The out of pocket cost for surgery is variable depending on the insurance plan, the deductible, the out of pocket maximum, co-insurance etc. Avoiding invasive surgery means reduced recovery resulting in less lost wages from work.
Other Options If the Treatment Fails? Yes No If a surgery fails or pain returns after a surgery, there are few other treatment options other than additional surgery to remove more tissue or replace the artificial components. If a Regenexx procedure fails or pain returns, a patient can easily repeat the procedure, pursue other injection based treatments, or, if severe enough, move on to surgery. Regenexx procedures do not limit the ability to get a surgery in future if needed. Some surgeries limit the ability to get a Regenexx procedure in the future.

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