Ankle Surgery Alternative
We offer breakthrough, non-surgical stem-cell treatments for people suffering from ankle pain due to common injuries and other degenerative joint disorders. If you suffer from chronic ankle pain from cartilage loss in the joint, or pain and instability from partially torn or overstretched ligaments, you may be a good candidate for this procedure.
Ankle Ligament Tears, Sprains and Instability of the Ankle Joint
When the ligaments that hold the bones of the ankle joint together are partially torn or stretched, as in the case of a bad sprain or repeated minor sprains, they can become painful, loose, and weak. This changes how you walk, putting painful stress on other joints of the foot, as well as making it more likely that you will sprain the ankle again. This leads to a cycle of chronic pain and instability.
Osteoarthritis of the Ankle
Osteoarthritis of the ankle usually occurs in ankles that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. A smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, called articular cartilage, acts as a protective cushion between bones. Arthritis develops as the cartilage begins to deteriorate or is lost. As the articular cartilage is lost, the joint space between the bones narrows. This is an early symptom of osteoarthritis of the ankle and is easily seen on X-rays.
As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, becoming grooved and fragmented. The surrounding bones react by becoming thicker. They start to grow outward and form spurs. The synovium (a membrane that produces a thick fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and keep it slippery) becomes inflamed and thickened. It may produce extra fluid, which causes additional swelling.
The Regenexx Alternative to Ankle Surgery
Current surgical treatment options for common injuries and problems include ankle arthroscopy to “clean up” damaged cartilage, fusion of ankle bones where cartilage has been lost, and tendon grafts screwed in place to strengthen loose connections between bones. All are painful and may not be that effective in the long run. These surgeries typically involve a painful post surgical recovery with a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the ankle.
As an alternative to ankle surgery, the Regenexx-SD procedure may help alleviate pain and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection procedure. Patients are typically encouraged to walk the same day, and most experience little to no down time from the procedure.