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Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears

Posted by @peterauen, Wed, Feb 15 2:56pm

I understand that the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Department offers stem cell therapy for patients with rotator cuff tears. Where can I learn more about this procedure and decide if I am possibly a candidate for such a procedure? I am 74 years old and have been diagnosed with a total rotator cuff tear. Thank you.



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Posted by @mari, Wed, Feb 15 10:35pm

If you learn anything – could you let me know. Kerlan Job has had success w stem cells.

Posted by @JustinMcClanahan, Thu, Feb 16 9:22am

Hello @peterauen, welcome to Connect. Thank you for posing the question regarding stem cell treatments and shoulders. We have active discussions taking place on Connect regarding stem cells treatments for knees and hips, but this brings up a great point.

Mayo Clinic hosted an hour long webinar all about stem cells. You can find that video here, I reviewed the webinar, and although it does not directly address stem cells and shoulders, another Mayo Clinic member did post a question about that:

“Will this work for shoulders?”

Answer: “Yes, we currently perform treatments on the shoulder. If you would like to seek consultation at Mayo Clinic, call 612-313-0520 for our Minneapolis location or 507-266-9100 for our Rochester location. You can also visit our Regenerative Medicine Consult Service page for more information:”

@peterauen, is this the information you were looking for? Have you seen a physician regarding your rotator cuff and what information did they give you?


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Posted by @peterauen, Thu, Feb 16 4:27pm

Hello Justin,Yes, the information you provided is what I am looking for.  I want to learn more about the stem cell treatments that the Mayo Clinic performs for shoulder injuries.I have seen an orthopedic surgeon in Arizona for a rotator cuff tear.  I winter in Arizona and spend my summers in Minnesota.  The surgeon told me I have a complete rotator cuff tear and indicated that a shoulder replacement would likely result in the best outcome.  I heard of a stem cell treatment for certain shoulder problems but I do not know if the treatment is used for rotator cuff tears.  That is what I want to learn more about.  I have Xrays and a MRI that was done recently.  I did look at part of the webinar, but I am specifically interested in treatments for the problem I have, a complete rotator cuff tear.  Any additional information you can provide would be most appreciated.Thank you,Pete Rauen

Posted by @JustinMcClanahan, Thu, Feb 16 8:25pm

I am glad to hear that information helped you. I am not a medical professional and cannot offer medical advice, however, I would recommend using the information in my previous post to call and ask your questions. You can also use this link for information on a second opinion,

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