FAQs

Dear visitors,

since starting this campaign in September 2010, many questions have been put to us and our team about gold implantations. We have listed the most important here:

  • What advantages does a gold implantation have over a surgical joint replacement? â–º
     
  • Can gold implantation take the place of an artificial joint? â–º
     
  • How long do gold implants last in humans? â–º

  • What can one do if after 15 — 20 years that person experiences that the effect of a gold implantation is wearing off? â–º

  • Can gold implants be used on a number of joints? â–º

  • Can the gold implants be removed? â–º

  • Can one be treated with gold implants as an outpatient? â–º

  • Does a gold implantation help all types of degenerative joint diseases? â–º

  • Who can help me to decide which therapy is appropriate for my joint disease? â–º

  • Can I completely stop taking pain killers after a
    gold implantation
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  • Is there a difference between gold acupuncture and gold implantation? ?

  • Do health insurers reimburse the costs? â–º

  • Why is this therapy not yet provided as a benefit by the statutory health insurance scheme? â–º

  • Is there a list of doctors in Germany who carry out gold implantations? ?

  • What are randomized controlled studies? â–º

  • What is your team campaigning for? â–º

 

 
  • What advantages does a gold implantation have over a surgical joint replacement?
    A gold implantation can save you a stay in hospital, assuming a decision has been made in favour of gold implants. This avoids a costly operation with the replacement of a joint and rehabilitation lasting a number of weeks. Complications such as inflammations, a joint replacement that sits badly and absence from work are also avoided.
    The advantages of a gold implantation are:
    - outpatient treatment
    - local anaesthetics
    - greatly reduced pains and
    - much lower consumption of pain killers
    (in the case of animals pain killers can mostly be left out.)
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  • Can gold implantation take the place of an artificial joint?
    A gold implantation cannot always be used instead of an artificial joint. But it might delay an operation for years.
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  • How long do gold implants last in humans?
    Gold implantations have only been carried out on humans since the 1990s so there is no data available for a longer period. In dogs the implants last a whole life and it has been demonstrated that the effect of gold lasts at least 15 years.
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  • What can one do if after 15 — 20 years that person experiences that the effect of a gold implantation is wearing off?
    Then it is no problem having new gold implants inserted.
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  • Can gold implants be used on a number of joints?
    Yes.
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  • Can the gold implants be removed?
    No and it isn’t necessary to do so. If they are inserted correctly the gold implants don’t change their position and remain in the body without problem.
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  • Can one be treated with gold implants as an outpatient?
    The operation is generally carried out as outpatient treatment with a local anaesthetic. Normally you can go home on the same day and carry on as normal.
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  • Does a gold implantation help all types of degenerative joint diseases?
    Every person and every illness is in the last resort individual, so only a medical specialist can judge whether gold implantation is a suitable medical remedy. However, it is advisable to consider having a gold implantation before an operation is carried out.
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  • Who can help me to decide which therapy is appropriate for my joint disease?
    Only a specialist can do this – one who knows you and the history of your illness well. It can be helpful to consult a doctor with your records (above all with good x-ray images) who has already conducted gold implantations. You will find further information on our website under progress reports und Literature and links.
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  • Can I completely stop taking pain killers after a gold implantation?
    A survey published recently demonstrates clearly that pain killers can be reduced by as much as 30%.
    Following a gold implantation on an animal it is usually possible to stop with pain killers altogether. Animals and humans are made up of the same basic components, which function in a similar way. One can assume that more extensive surveys will show that the potential reduction in pain killers used by humans is far higher than 30%.
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  • Is there a difference between gold acupuncture and gold implantation? 
    Yes. In gold acupuncture the gold implants are inserted at acupuncture points and in the case of gold implantation they are inserted in the vicinity of the joints. There are different methods of treatment, depending on the doctor’s experience and which he or she favours. The effect results largely from the gold.
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  • Do health insurers reimburse the costs?
    No, not yet. This is why we aim to have gold implantations included in the “list of benefits provided under the statutory health insurance scheme”. To obtain this randomized controlled trials have to be carried out in Germany too.
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  • Why is this therapy not yet provided as a benefit by the statutory health insurance scheme?
    Many people who have experienced the positive effect on their own pets are asking themselves the same question. Because of our own experience with a dog we too ask why gold implantations have not long since been used on humans. This was the reason for our campaign. We want to draw attention to this reasonably priced, pain-relieving and lasting method and obtain a broad consensus in the medical profession so that the trials that are long overdue can be undertaken.
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  • Is there a list of doctors in Germany who carry out gold implantations?
    No, there is no such list at present. You can find information on our website under progress reports, literature and links.
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  • What are randomized controlled studies?
    In medical research the randomized controlled trial is demonstrably the best type of trial to obtain a clear statement in answer to a clear question and to demonstrate the cause. This is why it is called the 'gold standard' in planning trials.
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  • What is your team campaigning for?
    We aim to
    - have gold implantations for humans included in the “list of benefits under the statutory health insurance scheme”,
    - lend support so that the necessary scientific trials are undertaken and thus
    - have the necessary application for method evaluation handed in to the Joint State Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss:(G-BA) and finally
    - give patients with degenerative joint diseases who are in pain the option of pain-relief with an effective and less drastic type of treatment.
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We are sure that gold implantations will speak for themselves. In time they will be found quite naturally in orthopaedic clinics and in medical practices.

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