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@ro_bro

Thanks for the link, Justin. Yes, I asked several surgeons about alternative treatments, including regenerative therapy. But, I'm under impression that most doctors just dismiss stem cells as an option completely, due to the luck of evidence that it works (which might be fair).

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@ro_bro, I hope this is not repeat information, but I like to share it from time to time. Here is some information on Mayo Clinic's Regenerative Medicine department:

Transplant Call-in Center
844-276-2003

What to expect when you call the number:
– An employee will answer and ask the nature of why you are calling
– Say you are interested to stem cells for osteoarthritis or whichever joint ails you
– The employee will funnel your call to the appropriate coordinators from there
– For joint issues, you will be transferred to PMR (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
– Appointment coordinators will ask more specific questions (inclusion and exclusion criteria)

If you meet the criteria:
– You will be asked to send in your records and a doctor will look at it in a case-by-case basis

Important Notes to be Aware of:
– PMR is a busy practice, so wait times may exist but answers will be given
– If a treatment exists in the clinic for a diagnosis (i.e. Leukemia) stem cells are not offered
– Price is out of pocket
– Types of stem cell treatments offered are Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections and Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.

You can find more specific information on these types of injections here, http://mayocl.in/2AUIoAn.

@ro_bro, at the very least, even if you do not intend to be seen at Mayo Clinic, the coordinators may be able to help provide some information on treatments to be aware of and some general information on stem cell treatments for joints.

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