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Discussion: Stem Cell Therapy for Knees

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July 13, 2015
25 posts
Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
Has anyone playing Senior Softball tried the stem cell therapy for their knees instead of a total knee replacement. It is not FDA approved in the US but there are three facilities in Florida and one in NYC that offer this injection therapy.They are able to perform this procedure in the US ( w/o FDA approval) because the stem cells are removed from your mid section ( they are able to split the fat cells from the stem cells) and only the stem cells are injected back into your body the same day. The stem cells then go to the damaged area and start to regrow your meniscus. I did some research and found out that it costs $8,900 for the complete process ( not covered by insurance because it is elected surgery) but I'm skepital whether or not it will help regrow your meniscus in a damaged knee. Apparently, they have been doing this procedure in Europe for some time now. Kobe Bryant went to Germany to have this procedure done two years ago after he had his knee injury.If anyone has had this procedure done or knows first hand of someone who has tried this therapy,could you share with the board whether or not, it has helped your knees?
July 13, 2015
32 posts
It sounds like Regenexx & they have several offices across the country.I haven't tried it though,chk on the internet.
July 14, 2015
17 posts
We have a clinic doing the Regenexx procedures in Des Moines. I have had 3 employees under workers compensation get the procedure done on their knees from 6 months to a almost a year now. 2 have said that there was significant improvement and no arthritic pain anymore( both were on the large side if you know what I mean). 1 was a failure from miss diagnosis, he had a vertical tear in the meniscus and ended with surgery. We have had 1 elbow that said its the best thing he has ever had done. The stem cell is taken from the back side of your hip bone and all has said no pain from it that the shots hurt worse. I am going to schedule both my knees(bone on bone) in October because our office has said they would cover it with a small copay. It is an alternative!
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