Why knee or hip replacement surgery could be a matter of life or death

A few weeks ago I told you about the pitfalls of total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Besides the fact that many of these operations are completely unnecessary, there’s the major unforeseen issue of “revision” surgeries

That’s right — TKR isn’t a necessarily “one and done” type of operation. In fact, of the thousands of TKRs that take place every year, a major portion are second or third follow-up surgeries — all of which include prolonged recuperation, more physical therapy, and plenty of additional expense.

And after all that, many patients still live with very little to no relief.

Could it get any worse? Unfortunately, it could…

In fact, the consequences could easily turn fatal — especially for arthritis patients who are also coping with any sort of heart-related issue.

Blocking off blood flow

To investigate the effect that arthroscopic (arthritis) surgery has on cardiovascular factors, researchers analyzed data collected from nearly 28,000 participants over the age of 50 who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in their knees or hips.

Half of the participants had knee or hip replacement surgery, and half didn’t. When researchers analyzed each patient’s outcomes, they found that those who had either of these joint replacement surgeries were 5 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared to those who didn’t.

And results concerning blood clots were even more disturbing.

Over time, heart attack risk dropped off, but the risk of developing life-threatening blood clots was not only greater among the surgery patients — it also persisted for years after the surgeries.

In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol, he explains that in major surgical procedures like these, doctors cut and displace muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Inevitably, this damages the tissue surrounding the hip or knee — including blood vessels — setting up problems with blood circulation and drainage.

As for why this risk persists, he says, “For blood to properly circulate in your body, it must be able to flow freely through the veins back to the heart.

“If blood flow gets blocked or slowed in the veins, it has a tendency to form clots — especially in the legs. And here’s the really frightening part. Blood clots in your legs can travel to your lungs. And that can create a pulmonary embolism — which can kill you. In fact, pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of sudden death.”

The ABCs of joint health

If your knees or hips are aching and you’re losing the mobility you once had, what can you do to help yourself avoid surgery?

Dr. Micozzi says that the first step in naturally rebuilding cartilage is to reduce joint inflammation. And this step doesn’t call for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil® and Aleve® — or worse, acetaminophen (Tylenol®).

Taking these drugs on a regular basis to treat chronic pain might tamp down inflammation, but at the risk of damaging your digestive tract and liver. In short, it’s a terrible trade-off.

Instead, Dr. Micozzi recommends three natural supplements that he calls his “ABCs of joint health”:

  • Ashwaganda
  • Boswellia
  • Curcumin

He notes that ashwaganda and Boswellia are important treatments in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. And when combined with curcumin, they’re a formidable trio with synergistic effects that are just as effective as the most powerful arthritis drugs.

Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 to 500 milligrams of each of these botanicals daily to reduce pain and inflammation. And note that the potent anti-inflammatory effect also supports excellent heart health.

You can learn more strategies for protecting your heart from unnecessary medical procedures and drugs in Dr. Micozzi’s Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol. Click here to find out more about this unique online learning tool or to enroll today.

And if you’re also interested in learning about ways to alleviate joint pain — without dangerous drugs — you might also want to take a look at Dr. Micozzi’s Arthritis Relief and Reversal Protocol. Click here for more.