Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritic Knees
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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I had my MRI done at my local orthopedist office. I took that to my stem cell doc and we discussed. I went back to him for a PRP shot. 5 days later I had another PRP and the stem cell procedure. One week later I had another PRP shot. Could not drink alcohol (even wine) for a month as it kills the stem cells. No anti inflammatory drugs either. Still at least one more PRP shot to go. Total cost $4700. My doc is retired so does not make much on this as he says he has already made his money and this is his chance to give back. I believe him. Hopefully there are some more docs out there like him. I think MAYO in Rochester does the procedure for about the same cost. I would check there too. Good idea to speak with multiple patients of any doc you choose. It does not work well for everyone but the ones I talked to all had great success. Good luck. Keep us posted.
Thank you so much for this information. It is helpful.
Thank you so much for this information. It is appreciated.
Your doctor sounds great–can you give his contact information, location and any other relevant information. Thanks so much!
In Toledo, Dr Kruse, Wildwood Family Practice, 419-578-7036
A good site to look at is Regenexx that is a private company i Colorado that had Doctors all over the USA. My two Doctors use their procedure and i have had luck with the back and the knee with stem cells. I had TKR and did not do well with it. What i like about stem cells is i had no pain with the procedure, was active after 2 weeks, and can garden with it by getting on that knee. Insurance covered everything but the procedure. No question, it is expensive and i have noticed fees are all over the place.
I watched a webinar by the mayo clinic on stem cells for arthritis and it seems to work for that. I have many friends who have had stem cells on the knee and no one has had problems yet. How long does it last? No answer. I am on my 2nd year. I know Nancy Lopez, the professional golfer had her knee done when i did and she returned to playing golf .
So , its your call. I have heard if you have 2 knees to do the cost is lower. Quality of life is important. I love to garden and play golf. My tkr knee hurts after golf. I hope it lasts. Good luck with your decision.
My doctor is Laurence McClish in Reno, NV. I think he is great! Come to our beautiful area, stay a couple of weeks cheaply at a casino, and enjoy the sites as well as have your procedure done!
Cells taken from belly r more numerous (like 25%) compared to smaller amt. from marrow.
Who charged you $7000.? And where are you? Wow fab results!
Cells from your belly? tell us more please
Oh yes, regenexx is known for being $$$$$
I am looking for CELL DR. in AZ ?
AND so. CA around Redondo Beach.??
Also, ANYBODY, WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL TRAVEL. Lots of countries doing it and we might get Embryonic stem cells. ??