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Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees

Bones, Joints & Muscles | Last Active: Jun 1 4:47am | Replies (260)

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Most traditional orthopedists would not recommend stem cell at this point as it is not FDA approved and insurance will not cover it. However, my stem cell doc is a retired orthopedic surgeon with a wonderful reputation. For years he had felt there should be a better way than invasive surgeries to correct joint problems. He retired, studied for 4 years, then came back to part time practice just doing stem cell therapy on joints. I am almost 6 weeks out from mine. No joint pain at all, just some soreness and stiffness where my knee is still swollen—but not as swollen as it was before the procedure. I have had two PRP’s (one prior to the procedure and one just a week after) and will have another in a few more weeks. The PRP’s help the stem cells to heal the joint. My stem cells were taken from both bone marrow and from fat cells in my buttocks. I am delighted with the results so far. I would not go to one of the “advertising clinics” that do stem cells. I would not want a chiropractor or non orthopedist to do my procedure. Mine was also done in a sterile room which could be important. A lot to think about, for sure, but do careful and lengthy research before you commit.

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Are additional PRP’s extra $?

Why do u think no relief?
Where was it done?
Did cells come from fat or bone?
Tell us too much info please.

To all: What kind of politicians can we appeal to re getting cells paid for by insurance?
Politicians: who in particular?

my cells came from drilling into the hip and then it was mixed for 3-4 hours with my blood and injected into the knee.

my back was done with blood from arm and then injected into the back to stimulate the stem cells. it worked. 2 years later and no back pain nor an operation.

yes, i had the additional injection and it costs u money. But it has worked. Pick your poison i say.

Do you think the politicians really care? Look at the mess we have with the ACA. I am not sure if the feds have to approve stem cell procedures? I bet there is a lot of politics in getting it approved. If i am in the replacement business would i want it to be approved?

Was there any talk of fat cells versus bone?

If we don’t try, we can’t succeed. But, I believe Replacement of new knee is $50,000. Cells $5000. do the math. Why wouldn’t insurance companies and Medicare Want to spend less.
A simple email re successes of Cells vs. unsuccesses of tkr and pain and pt. I would not hurt to send an email.

i talked to my insurance ompany and i get a shrug and a blank stare.

Write to Pres. of Co. and CC to your senator.

My group said that once insurance agrees to cover stem cell therapy the prices will rise exponentially. Also, they (OC Wellness Physicians) only use placental or umbilical stem cells as our own stem cells are too old to work well. Im 69 soon, so I’d like to have fresh cells. Does anyone know about umbilical/placental stem cells -vs- your own?

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