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I am having stem cell therapy on my left knee tomorrow. I did not realize Mayo was doing this already. For those of you who have had this done at Mayo, what was the cost? If you wanted to be part of the research, how do you get into that?
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@jeannegordon4 I believe SCT is available at several US sites, including Mayo-MN and other top clinics.
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DEAR OLDKARL, THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH about availability of Stem Cell Therapy. I’m in my late seventies and certainly old enough to benefit to some degree.
Anyone know if stem cell therapy can be used to treat degenerative arthritis in ankles? My doc does not think a total ankle replacement would work and there is too much instability for ankle fusion. Interested in other options.
I’d Love to sign up for a stem cell therapy if Mayo is working on this. I’m a type 2 Diabetic (13 years going strong) just recently afflicted with Gastroparesis. Who do i need to contact for seeing if i’m a candidate?
I have osteoarthritis in both hips. I’m 61. I met with a Sports Medicine doctor at Mayo in Scottsdale AZ on 1/23/2018 and he said one of the other Drs there does SCT on the knees and hips. His name is Dr Bryan Ganter. It is not covered by insurance. However, they also do Viscosupplimentation Therapy. It might be covered by insurance depending on your coverage. I’d rather go with one of these routes rather than Total Hip Replacement.
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@jeannegordon4, If you are seeking more information on stem cell therapies available at Mayo Clinic, or just more information about the treatment in general, here is some information that may help you:
Regenerative Medicine Consult Service Process
Transplant Call-in Center
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.
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Dear Justin, Thank you—this information was the lead in I was looking for.
Dear Bernese53, I hope you will share the ongoing results of your SCT procedure with us. Your experience may help many to pursue this therapy instead of surgery—the results of which seem too often problematic without the anticipated success rates.
Wishing you success, Jeanne
I have a feeling we will only get this type of health assistance if we are young and by the time we really need it the price will be low enough for most people to afford or even get…….same with Cas9 CRISPR……I am 60 and sure wish I could use these methods of stem cell therapy and DNA-RNA cures and life extension since I can tell it would work and give me more years than most of the men in my family history and it would let me continue my work at CERN and actually be around when we get far beyond the Higgs Boson instead of just leaving all of this to people of the future since they tend to forget us very soon.
Hello @quantummechanic. Welcome. Thank you for posting. What brings you to Mayo Clinic Connect? Are you thinking about checking into stem cell therapy?
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I had PRP and Stem Cells a couple months ago. I advise: get PRP 1st, for $500. then see what happens. …………….Then go for Stem Cells.
I believe this is an old thread, but I'll try my luck and see. I have had bilateral release surgery for my knees recently (not knee replacement). I have had knee pain past 3 years and had to get a surgery done, since no conventional procedure helped. Even after three months of surgery, the pain hasn't gone. I am frustrated with this lifestyle, feel like a couch potato, so wanted to explore the Stem Cell Treatment. Can someone tell if Mayo performs this procedure? Also, any additional info on the success rate would be very helpful.
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Hi, @gunnychahal. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm sorry to hear that despite your knee surgery, the pain hasn't gone. Indeed, frustrating. Good for you for wanting to push on from feeling like a "couch potato," as you called it, and regain some function and freedom from pain.
My fellow Connect moderator, Justin, has provided some helpful information on stem cell therapies available at Mayo Clinic, https://mayocl.in/2uer1om.
Hoping that @bernese53 @oldkarl @jeannegordon4 and @mari might join in to tell you about what they have learned related to stem cell therapy. Hoping that you might share more, specifically, mari, on your suggestion to get platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections first before proceeding to stem cell treatment. I believe you were indicating that you might have gotten the relief you needed at a lesser cost by starting with PRP?
@gunnychahal, have you been doing other rehab following your surgery?
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@lisalucier : Hi Lisa. Thanks for the prompt response. Yes, I have been doing Physical Therapy for past 3 months or so. I am still going to continue to do it but I am not sure if it will help, specially if the underlying issue hasn't been fixed by the surgery. I used to have Lateral knee pain (PFS) but after surgery, as per the doc, looks like I developed Anterior pain due to Tendonitis. As such, I have more bad days as opposed to good. Instead of going for another surgery, I'd rather try out the Stem Cell/PRP treatment, hoping it helps in bringing back my day to day life, if not sports.
Thanks again for your time!
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It's not expected that Stem Cells can help bone – on – bone Yet. This is in my email signature: (Big Pharma controls FDA. Pharmaceutical Companies want to sell us pain drugs. CONTACT U.S. Senators and say WE WANT STEM CELL RESEARCH). I had stem Cells + PRP injected into 5 joints – after awhile I realized it did not work. But, I did feel rejuvenated. I have more flexibility – I can reach for things with confidence – better balance and stronger. Getting back to my normal.
Connect moderator, Justin, "I believe you were indicating that you might have gotten the relief you needed at a lesser cost by starting with PRP?" PRP costs $500. It used to b free with Medicare! Someone in my art class told me about getting PRP every year and that now she can do a jig. She demonstrated. So try it – you may love it. Or get S Cells out of the country. I wish you all well.
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Thanks for the response. My condition isn't bone on bone yet, but the pain is never ending. I am hoping the injections can bring in some respite. I'll certainly consider the PRP first. I am trying to get in touch with an Ortho surgeon in Salt Lake City ( sadly we don't have a Mayo facility in here).
Appreciate your response 🙂
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