Stem Cell Therapy – Alternative to Knee Replacement & Surgery
Knee replacement or knee surgery is often recommended for older adults who experience knee pain or have mobility problems such as walking or climbing stairs. However, knee surgery, as with most surgeries, has certain risks and will require physical therapy for 1 to 2 months. For those with active lifestyles, this may force you to give up certain high-impact activities such as jogging and sports for the rest of your life. For these reasons, many patients have turned to stem cell therapy as a safe alternative to knee replacement and knee surgery.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy For Knees Work
Stem cells are the body’s natural healers. Unlike other cells, they have the unique ability to transform into the other types of cells the body need for repairing damage joints including cartilage. However, as we age, the number of stem cells and their potency decline. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we revitalize a patient’s stem cells to repair the knee naturally. The process starts with us harvesting stem cells from the patient’s blood and then processing them to create a highly concentrated dose. The stem cells are then injected back into the patient using ultrasound to guide the injection to the injured area of the knee. Then, the stem cells begin to heal the knee by creating cartilage and other tissues that are needed.
The biggest reason why stem cell therapy is a popular alternative to knee replacement or knee surgery is the fast recovery time. Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure which takes only a few hours to complete after the stem cells are harvested. After the injections, the recovery time will differ from patient to patient. However, generally speaking, stem cells will often heal the damage areas, allowing patients to return to their normal activities, within several weeks. In many cases, patients can walk around within 24 hours.
With knee surgery, on the other hand, patients will usually stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days before being allowed to go home and may require a walking aid such as crutches or a cane until the knee can support the patient’s body weight. Once muscle strength is restored, which can take up to 3 months, patients can resume most activities as long as they do not cause too much impact to the knee such as running, dancing, or sports. Most knee replacement or knee surgery patients will be able to resume driving 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Stem cell therapy is a safe alternative to knee replacement or surgery. Since stem cells are a natural part of your body and we only use stem cells that were abstracted from the patient’s blood, the risk of infections or rejection is minuscule.
Our Patient’s Story
Mitch Gould, CEO of Nutritional Products International and InHealth Media.
Though Mitch Gould is known for his competitiveness in the business world, he is also an avid tennis player. During a friendly hitting session with tennis legend Jimmy Connors, winner of 109 singles titles; Gould injured his meniscus. Concern that his sports injury would prevent him from playing tennis again, Gould talked to Dr. Purita to determine if stem cell therapy was a good fit.
“After a series of shots, a lot of yelling and six weeks of healing I truly feel like a new man,” said Gould. “The procedure is incredible. I never thought I would feel this good. Another month of physical therapy and it’s time to hit the courts again.”
Knee Conditions Treated by Stem Cell Therapy
At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we have used stem cell therapy to treat numerous knee conditions and injuries successfully including:
- Patellar Tendonitis Tendinosis
- Osgood-Schlatters Disease
- Quadraceps Strain
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Meniscus Tear
- ACL Tear
If you suffer from any of these knee conditions or experience knee pain, contact our office to see if stem cell therapy can be used as an alternative to knee replacement or knee surgery. The determination can only be made after our board-certified orthopedic surgeons examine your medical files to see the extent of damage in your knee.
How Much Does Stem Cell Therapy For The Knee Cost?
To maximize success, we tailor our stem cell therapy based on the unique needs of our patients. For this reason, the cost of stem cell therapy for the knee will vary greatly from case to case and can only be determined after our orthopedic specialist has evaluated a patient’s knee. Factors that will determine the cost for stem cell therapy includes:
- The severity of the knee condition/injury
- How long the knee condition existed
- The number of joints that need to treated
It is important to note that most health insurance companies will not cover the cost of stem cell therapy for the knee. However, in many cases, the cost of stem cell therapy can be similar to the cost patients will pay out of pocket for knee surgery and post-surgical care with insurance.