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Have You Been Told You Need a Knee Replacement?

If you have been told your only option for your knee arthritis is a total knee replacement, you are not alone. Thousands of patients every year are told this and often go through with this highly invasive and painful surgery. Some patients may take a year or more to recover fully. If you would like to know more about the alternatives to this type of surgery please read below.

Lipoaspirate (Lipogems)

Lipogems is the latest FDA-approved device used to microfragment and purify your own fat for the purpose of direct injection into your knee joint. Fat has an abundance of supportive and reparative cells that can help create a more friendly environment within the arthritic knee joint. Fat has also been shown to retain these capabilities regardless of a patient's age. It is easily obtained through a minimally invasive technique utilizing only local anesthetic. Please learn more at


Platelet-rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP has been researched for over ten years for use in patients with knee arthritis. It has been found to be a powerful anti-inflammatory that lasts much longer than a cortisone injection. PRP is obtained through a simple blood draw that is put into a centrifuge to separate the platelet layer. The down-time is minimal and most patients can return to their previous activities typically in a little over a week. 



This is the synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, a substance found within joints that helps with the glide of the bones on each other. This substance is greatly reduced in arthritic knee joints and lends to the grinding sensation that some arthritic patients may feel. Injection of this substance can help reduce this grinding sensation and help return patients to improved functionality.

Brice W. Blatz MD, MS Dr. Brice W. Blatz MD, MS is a double-board certified physician and medical director at Pacific Regenerative and Interventional Sports Medicine in San Jose, CA. He specializes in non-operative and minimally invasive options for arthritis, tendon problems and plantar fasciitis.

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