Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees

Posted by tropicallady1276 @tropicallady1276, May 10, 2017

I am a 77 year old woman with arthritic knees where it’s difficult for me to walk and I’m trying to avoid knee replacement. I have done the Synvisc injections and physical therapy– to no avail. Is there anyone here who has had stem cell therapy for arthritic knees and I would like to know your outcome. I know there are two, one where bone marrow is removed and the other where they take fat from the abdomen and regenerate and inject into the knees. I would like to know the cost and how long the procedure takes and any other information which would be helpful to me. I live in North Jersey and am currently looking for clinics in my area who perform this procedure. I appreciate your help.

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@montykona2

Has anyone tried stem cell therapy in lieu of TKR? What’s the success/failure rate? I am in my 70’s and too sedentary to go thru TKR and concerned about metal hypersensitivity. Looking for ways to avoid seirgery. My pain is quite manageable, half knee bone on bone; some scattered arthritis on other side plus under knee cap. Dr won’t perform partial for those reasons…

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Hello @montykona2

Here is some information on how Mayo Clinic is using regenerative therapy in place of knee replacement, https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/orthopedic-surgery/news/novel-stem-cell-therapy-for-repair-of-knee-cartilage/mac-20450891

@montykona2 Have you discussed this type of treatment with your doctor?

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@montykona2

Has anyone tried stem cell therapy in lieu of TKR? What’s the success/failure rate? I am in my 70’s and too sedentary to go thru TKR and concerned about metal hypersensitivity. Looking for ways to avoid seirgery. My pain is quite manageable, half knee bone on bone; some scattered arthritis on other side plus under knee cap. Dr won’t perform partial for those reasons…

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Hi Monty, I'd like to add my welcome. I moved your question to this existing discussion about stem therapy for knee regeneration. I did this so you can easily connect with fellow members like @winning @lynettegable @dixieorleans @mari @cobweb @danielad @scsm @anniebrook and others. I encourage to read through the past posts to learn from the experience of others along with the information the @hopeful33250 provided.

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@montykona2

Has anyone tried stem cell therapy in lieu of TKR? What’s the success/failure rate? I am in my 70’s and too sedentary to go thru TKR and concerned about metal hypersensitivity. Looking for ways to avoid seirgery. My pain is quite manageable, half knee bone on bone; some scattered arthritis on other side plus under knee cap. Dr won’t perform partial for those reasons…

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I would like to know pharmacy. I will see drs in Cedars soon.

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@mari

I would like to know pharmacy. I will see drs in Cedars soon.

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Sorry I don’t understand your question?

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@winning

I had a knee replacement three years ago on the right knee. It still is swollen, and bottom line it did not work for me. In my discussions with others I would say 3 out of 10 have trouble. I swore I would not do that again. My left knee was bone on bone but I heard of stem cells. Last January I did stem cells on my knee. They use my stem cells. I was referred by a female friend who had both knees done with stem cells. The difference is I have full mobility,very little pain and I can knell on my knee in gardening etc.
next I did my back which had an L 4 L 5 rubbing on my nerve. I had an injection to stimulate the stem cells.4 weeks later, no pain, fullmobility, back playing golf,pain free. The downside is the procedure is out of pocket. I would do it again . I have friends who have had their hip injected. There is no hospital stay, I used no pain pills. I wish it was available before I did the knee replacement.

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Where did you have stem cell treatment done? Could you share cost? Thx.

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Any updated info on PRP and/or stem cells?!

This thread is from 2018- looking for folks that have tried either. I have OA in shoulder and running out of options short of total replacement.

Considering clinical trials although not finding any.
Thankx fot any suggestions and feedback .

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@karma888

Any updated info on PRP and/or stem cells?!

This thread is from 2018- looking for folks that have tried either. I have OA in shoulder and running out of options short of total replacement.

Considering clinical trials although not finding any.
Thankx fot any suggestions and feedback .

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@karma888, You might find the following discussions helpful:

— Stem cell therapy for calcifitic tendonitis shoulder: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cell-therapy-for-calcifitic-tendonitis-shoulder/
— Shoulder Replacement: Alternative options for arthritis?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/shoulder-arthritis-options/
— Regenerative medicine for shoulder arthritis: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cell-therapy-for-calcifitic-tendonitis-shoulder/

I used the discussion search feature to locate the above discussions. Did you see my response to your other post here, it shows how to search ? — https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/712961/

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PRP is used for soft tissue, not bone. Not sure if it is used for osteoarthritis, but it might address swelling. Curious what folks have to say on this.

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has anyone had stem cells for the back i have a fracture t12 and no strength????

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@winning

I had a knee replacement three years ago on the right knee. It still is swollen, and bottom line it did not work for me. In my discussions with others I would say 3 out of 10 have trouble. I swore I would not do that again. My left knee was bone on bone but I heard of stem cells. Last January I did stem cells on my knee. They use my stem cells. I was referred by a female friend who had both knees done with stem cells. The difference is I have full mobility,very little pain and I can knell on my knee in gardening etc.
next I did my back which had an L 4 L 5 rubbing on my nerve. I had an injection to stimulate the stem cells.4 weeks later, no pain, fullmobility, back playing golf,pain free. The downside is the procedure is out of pocket. I would do it again . I have friends who have had their hip injected. There is no hospital stay, I used no pain pills. I wish it was available before I did the knee replacement.

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Can you please share where you had your stem cell therapy done and by which physician. I want to do the same with more confidence since it's hard to decipher who is legit and who is not. Thank you.

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@etartaglione

has anyone had stem cells for the back i have a fracture t12 and no strength????

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@etartaglione, I have not heard of using stem cell therapy for the back or spine problems. I did see this article on a Mayo Clinic clinical trial from 2020.

— Stem cell treatment after spinal cord injury: The next steps
https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/neurology-neurosurgery/news/stem-cell-treatment-after-spinal-cord-injury-the-next-steps/mac-20488605
@etartaglione you can stay up to date on Mayo Clinic’s advances in regenerative medicine and nerve regeneration on this website:

Center for Regenerative Medicine https://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/about

There is also contact information where you can ask about current studies.

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@tayidi

Can you please share where you had your stem cell therapy done and by which physician. I want to do the same with more confidence since it's hard to decipher who is legit and who is not. Thank you.

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Welcome @tayidi, It looks like @winning is no longer following Connect. I think it's always wise to do your own research before jumping into stem cell therapy. Here's an article that does a good job of explaining the topic.

— Navigating the hope and hype of regenerative medicine:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/orthopedic-surgery/news/navigating-the-hope-and-hype-of-regenerative-medicine/mac-20482553
Is your doctor recommending any treatments or procedures?

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