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OrthoCincy procedure fills weak area of the bone

OrthoCincy procedure fills weak area of the bone (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As more people shift away from taking painkillers in the midst of the addiction crisis, new solutions to fighting pain are gaining ground.

One of those solutions appears to be a big breakthrough in beating knee and joint pain.

Typically, when you have joint pain, you think you are headed for joint replacement surgery. But now a new “knee creation” being used by the team at OrthoCincy may be another option to stop the pain.

“I am going to say it started as an ache,” said Jane Hlad.

What started as a dull ache in her knee eventually left Hlad in constant pain.

“Less activity, more activity… it was still there,” said Hlad.

Images showed she had bone-on-bone arthritis. That wasn't going to go away, according to Dr. Forest Heis. So, she thought she was headed for joint replacement surgery.

Much to Hlad's surprise, she actually didn't have that as her only option, as there is a newer procedure that could help her become pain-free.

It's called “Subchonroplasty” and it's used to treat tiny fractures, or lesions, in the bone that is causing pain.

“In this procedure, using an X-ray, we put a needle in or a cannula, and we squirt this toothpaste consistency of calcium, which is what bone is made out of. And it fills that weak area of bone, and it hardens, giving it instant strength, and often times eliminating pain almost right away,” said Dr. Heis.

For Hlad that procedure left her pain-free.

“I didn't realize how much pain changes your life, and without pain, you're not thinking about it,” said Hlad.

What’s more, according to Dr. Heis, is that the bone substitute draws what's needed for the area to encourage new bone to grow, making it useful for other areas of the body.

“I do knees, but it's being done in hips, it's being done in ankles and even being done in shoulders,” said Dr. Heis.

Now there is information several years out that this does hold up, but long-term research is still being conducted.

It hardens in the knee in about eight minutes, and the whole procedure can be done in about 45 minutes.

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