Don't replace your knee without reading this
If you have knee pain, the idea of getting a brand-new joint and starting all over again sure sounds like a winner.
But before you sign those insurance forms... before you agree to let some doc rip out the inside of your knee and replace it with a shiny metal part... there's something you need to know.
And you won't find this printed in the glossy brochures promoting the wonders of titanium replacement knees.
The latest research exposes a new risk that helps explain why many people who have knee replacement surgery end up in so much pain that they need a second operation to fix it.
The problem is in what are called nanoparticles.
These are tiny particles being dumped into everything from skin creams to medications, despite the fact that they can behave in unexpected and often dangerous ways once inside the body.
In this case, the nanoparticle oxide coating that's supposed to protect the new joint from corrosion wears off, which leads to titanium particles from the artificial joint itself also wearing off.
Each type of particle on its own should, in theory, be harmless.
But when they join forces, they become a very dangerous nanoparticle called titanium dioxide.
The new study finds that's exactly what happens inside the knee. The two particles unite... form titanium dioxide... and damage cells inside the joint. They can block bone repair and stop new bone from forming.
Instead of a stronger, better knee, you end up in more pain.
The damage caused by these particles can even lead to what's called "loosening," which is exactly what it sounds like: Your implanted joint starts to rattle around inside your leg.
It not only hurts, but it also requires a second operation to fix... leading to a new recovery period with even more pain.
At some point, you have to wonder if you would've been better off with your worn- out old knees!
Believe it or not, maybe you would have.
It's not that you WANT the pain. It's that there are often ways to limit the damage, protect the joint, ease the pain, and get lasting relief -- without having to turn to drugs or surgery.
And you can do it with two steps.
First, give your joint what it needs to repair itself -- and that's natural collagen. One form, called UC-II, is so effective at healing the knee that it's proven in studies to work BETTER than glucosamine and chondroitin.
And second, work with a holistic medical doctor to see if you may have any hidden or undiagnosed food sensitivities, which can cause or worsen joint damage in the knees and elsewhere.
For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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