Stem cell for thumb joint does it work

Posted by micco @micco, Feb 4 1:05pm

The joint in my lower thumb is bone to bone does anyone know anything about stem cell for that area. Does it work? Is it terribly expensive . Do they even do it.

Not sure about stem cell therapy but I had the same issue and had basal tendon replacement surgery in 2012. I have been completely pain free ever since and have full mobility and use of my thumb. Good luck.

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@doverbey

Not sure about stem cell therapy but I had the same issue and had basal tendon replacement surgery in 2012. I have been completely pain free ever since and have full mobility and use of my thumb. Good luck.

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Hello @micco. I cannot speak with certainty for all scenarios and treatments, but typically, stem cell treatments for joints are not yet FDA approved, which means most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the procedure. Mayo Clinic's Regenerative Medicine does have a consult service, https://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/patient-care/regenerative-medicine-consult-service?_ga=2.46593063.103896391.1580741485-356633109.1568920810, that you can connect with to ask more specific questions about what treatments are available and if you are a candidate.

@micco, have any treatment options been suggested to you already for your bone-on-bone thumb? @doverbey shared their experience with a basal tendon replacement that went well. Others have talked about a polycarbon thumb joint replacement as well, here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pyrocarbon-thumb-joint-replacement/.

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