If your doctor is recommending a total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, there are three key factors you NEED to consider first:
- Always get a second opinion. (In a moment I’ll tell you why this is mandatory!)
- You’ll be at higher risk or a heart-related event post-surgery — a red flag warning that your knee surgeon is likely unaware of.
- Surgery might be completely unnecessary, especially considering the fact that the combination of three ingredients might be all you need to bring your knees back to life.
Today, I’ll elaborate on all of these factors so you can be fully informed before you elect to go under the knife.
Let’s begin with the most important question to ask yourself: Do you really even need this surgery in the first place?
Rolling the dice on a risky procedure
We all want to trust our doctors’ insights and recommendations (especially when we’re in pain). But the unfortunate fact of life is that medical procedures — like many drugs — are often completely unnecessary.
TKR is a perfect example.
A few years ago, researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University investigated the outcomes of over 200 knee osteoarthritis patients —with an average age of 67 — who had opted for TKR surgery.
Using a standard appropriateness classification system to analyze each patient’s case, researchers came to the following conclusions:
- 44 percent of surgeries were appropriate
- In 22 percent, the need for surgery was inconclusive
- A whopping 34 percent of the procedures were deemed “inappropriate”
Most of the patients in the “inappropriate” group exhibited symptoms that were considered only to be “slight to moderate,” yet the surgeries were conducted anyway.
What’s worse, many of these patients will need yet another unnecessary surgery within just a few years. This is an issue that Dr. Marc Micozzi spotlights in his Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol.
He cites a massive study that included well over 3 million TKR patients. Analysis showed that more than 300,000 participants’ knee replacements didn’t work properly, or wore out.
“So basically,” Dr. Micozzi points out, “when it comes to knee replacements, you have about equal chances of having an inappropriate procedure, an ineffective procedure, or a successful, effective procedure.”
Dangers that go on for years
If you’re wondering why Dr. Micozzi would include knee surgery issues in his Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol, the reason is simple: This particular surgery puts your heart at considerable risk.
“In fact,” Dr. Micozzi says, “getting your knee or hip replaced can substantially increase your risk of having a post-surgery heart attack. And it can also make you more susceptible to potentially fatal blood clots — for years after the procedure.”
He cites a study that compared 14,000 people over age 50 with another group of the same size and age. Both groups had knee or hip osteoarthritis, but one group had knee or hip replacement surgery, while the other group didn’t.
Analysis showed that those who had surgery had a significantly greater risk of heart attacks and blood clots in their legs. Over time, heart attack risk dropped off, but blood clot risk persisted for years after the procedure.
Dr. Micozzi explains that when a doctor cuts and displaces elements of our bodies (like muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones), damage to leg tissues and blood vessels is inevitable. This commonly leads to obstructions in blood circulation and drainage, which increases the risk of blood clots.
And Dr. Micozzi offers this important reminder: “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.”
So what can you do to reduce your risk of a joint or hip replacement? Is it really possible to improve joint health without surgery?
It’s all about the inflammation — and getting it under control
Take it from someone who knows: Dr. Micozzi is a knee osteoarthritis patient himself and has used supplementation first-hand in his experience to find relief.
The best first step, he says, is to naturally rebuild cartilage by reducing joint inflammation. But don’t count on glucosamine and chondroitin to help with that. As he notes, these supplements simply don’t work.
For truly effective supplementation, he highly recommends what he calls his ABCs of joint health: “I’m talking about ashwaganda, Boswellia, and curcumin. Ahswaganda and Boswellia come from ancient South Asian trees, and both are important treatments in Ayurvedic medicine.
“Research shows that each of these natural substances is effective at reducing inflammation and pain. And when you put them all together, they’re a formidable trio for joint health.”
Dr. Micozzi recommends individual daily doses of 400 to 500 milligrams of each of these supplements.
You can find more information about these and several other indispensable anti-inflammatory supplements in the Resource Directory of Dr. Micozzi’s Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol.
“Use of a Validated Algorithm to Judge the Appropriateness of Total Knee Arthroplasty in the United States: A Multicenter Longitudinal Cohort Study” Arthritis & Rheumatology 2014; 66(8): 2134-2143. doi.org/10.1002/art.38685