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Hip Arthroscopy Complications Much Higher Than Thought, a Case for PRP and Stem Cells?

May 27, 2013

Hip Arthroscopy Complications Much Higher Than Thought, a Case for PRP and Stem Cells?

Surgery Alternatives Clearwater, Fl
Surgery Alternatives Clearwater, Fl


Tampa, Saint Petersburg snd Clearwater, FL

Hip arthroscopic surgery is increasing in surgery centers and hospitals. Conservative treatment alternatives such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy are becoming more aware to athletes with sports injuries as well as the patients with chronic hip pain and arthritis complaints.

Hip arthroscopy has recently seen a surge in the procedures performed in the United States. More common knee arthroscopy has been performed for decades. Hip arthroscopy previously was felt to have very infrequent complications at 1.5 %. a recent study looking at hip arthroscopies performed by experienced surgeons in high volume practices noted complications at 7.2 %, much higher than initially reported. Complications included nerve injury most commonly. Blood clots were also cited.

All surgery has complication rates. The surge in hip arthroscopies may have discounted the potential for complications. Conservative options for hip arthroscopic surgery include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy. These Regenerative Medicine procedures focus on repair of tissues without surgical cutting or removing tissue. Surgical resection is a form of more joint trauma to an already injured or traumatized area. The more trauma the more potential for accelerating or developing post-traumatic arthritis. PRP and Stem Cell Therapy may provide healing opportunities without the complications of surgery or the risk of potentiating degenerative arthritis.


Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Orlando and Spring Hill. He has been pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. Located in the 33765 and 33765 areas, our offices can be reached at (727) 462-5582 (Clearwater) and (727) 817-1909 (New Port Richey). Call to schedule your visit today.


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About the Author

Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Dennis M. Lox M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.