Conventional treatment methods mostly concentrate on treating the symptoms of the disease. Commonly to reduce the inflammation and pain steroids are often administered, which may potentially develop many side effects on being used for a more extended period. Traditional treatment methods also include the removal of damaged cartilage by surgery, which can be invasive and painful. Since this type of treatment does not involve the restoration of the damaged cartilage or tissues, it is considered as temporary therapy only. In comparison, regenerative cell therapies treat not only the symptoms but also targets the root cause of the disease. Regenerative treatment aims to enhance the repair and healing mechanism of the damaged tissues, along with reducing the symptoms such as pain and inflammation. Hence, regenerative cell therapies can be considered as a potential ankle arthritis surgery alternative.
Moreover, regenerative therapies have other benefits. As you may know, ankle surgery involves the administration of general anaesthesia; however, regenerative treatments are minimally invasive and requires only local anaesthesia. As compared to risks associated with conventional methods, regenerative therapy has no risk of rejection or an allergic reaction as the cells are extracted from the patient’s own body. Hence by avoiding the painful and lengthy process of surgery, patients undergoing regenerative therapy can return to regular activity much faster.