Aging Gracefully: Avoiding Surgery

Dr. Michael Grossman explains the surgery is usually needed to get your body to work properly. This is sometimes necessary however not all the time. Dr. Grossman sheds more light on this matter. YouTube video here.

Welcome to the age gracefully show with Dr. Michael Grossman, the well known anti aging stem cell and regenerative medicine specialist, best selling author and founder of the OC wellness clinic in Irvine, California. Each week, he shares the latest information to help you look and feel your best. So you age gracefully. And here's your host, Dr. Michael Grossman.

Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Grossman and ageing physician, like to talk to you about avoiding surgery as we're growing older. This is something I deal with every day, patients come to see me who have all kinds of problems with their body working properly, that may require surgery. Now, usually, the things I deal with are mechanical issues, where your knees or hips or shoulders don't work, right. And sometimes you need to actually do the surgery and get things sewed up and or replace, that can happen. So we've seen frequently people have hip and knee replacements. And they often work very well. And people often very happy with them. But they don't like to do them too early when they're too young, because they were out and it's a big deal to replace them to surgeries and not little surgeries, there's a big surgeries. Frequently, doctors will tell patients Oh gee, what you have is bone on bone. And you need to have surgery to replace that. But the truth is, is that bone on bone doesn't mean that all the college has gone, it just means that the ripples of the bones are rubbing on each other. But there's little valleys between those mountains of bone. And those valleys have plenty of cartilage. So we can 90% of time grow new cartilage in those little valleys, and they will grow over the mountains and then you have a normal acting functioning joint. So I'd say about 90% of the time, we can get these joints to function really well. And that is done with a variety of growth factors that could be stem cells from your body fat, they can be exosomes and other growth factors from umbilical cord of newborn babies, they can be platelet rich plasma from your own blood, we take 50 or 60 cc's of blood and process it and extract the platelets from that and then we get five or 10 cc's of platelet concentrated plasma and we can inject that anywhere we want into a joint or into attended a ligament. Now the problem with cartilage, tendons and ligaments is that they don't have much blood supply. And therefore when you injure them, they don't heal very well. When you get into the skin that heals very well the skin can repair itself or easily, a lot of blood supply there and the skin will heal very quickly. Certain skin heals fast and another skin on the face heals very fast skin like your legs is a lot slower because there's much less blood supply. So when when we look at injuries, frequently the surgeons don't have a lot to say about how to repair it. So if you have a tendon or ligament injury, tendons, like most surgeons don't know what to do with that, yes, they can sew it together, it's completely torn and one side is completely separated, then we can do surgery and sew it together. But even then, it helps to add these growth factors to make those tendons and ligaments statement really firmly together. But when there's a partial tear, then, you know you can wait forever for it to really repair itself and it probably won't. But if you add the growth factors to it, by objections, these are really simple things. The growth factors are really really easy. platelet rich plasma, those come in the office half hour later we have the platelets and the concentrated growth practice and we can inject it if we use the exosome. And the growth factors from umbilical cord concentrates, that we just have to defrost it and inject it in your own stem cells, we get a lot more growth factors and stem cells from your own body fat. But that takes some hours to do and cost significantly more. But it's really remarkable the benefits you can get when you have injuries and we can repair it. So you've got to be really cautious about doing surgery when the surgeon say oh we can help this. You want to know what percent of the patients are really happy with that repair with that, sir surgery, back surgery, it's like 50% of the people are happy and 50% are not happy at all. There's all kinds of injuries, elbow injuries, where you get tennis elbow and then you don't want to do surgery for that it's such a little thing and the surgery is only if it's a real total tear. Yes, but otherwise, I gotta tell you do physical therapy are injected with cortisone. Cortisol is a is an okay thing for a temporary inflammatory reaction, but to heal a damage. It's not very good at that because it actually stops the healing and reducing the inflammation but actually thins out the tissues even more. So we really prefer these other mechanisms of, of injury and they're just harmless stuff, which is really great. There's there's there's no harm in platelet rich plasma, exosomes stem cells, we don't find harm in it at all. And so these are really breakthrough technologies. And I encourage patients to look at them, and to see if it's appropriate for their particular problem. And it's really a great, great new area of medicine, and I'm pleased to be a part of it. And I hope that you all can do your own research and see what works you can go to my website, I have a lot of information about stem cells on OC wellness stem cell comm OC wellness stem cell.com What's the pleasure talking to you all? I wish you much Health and Aging gracefully. Thanks.

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