6 Year Knee Stem Cell Update: Unstoppable!

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6 year knee stem cell update

This 6 year knee stem cell update pic sent to us from one of Dr. Schultz’s patients at the Centeno Schultz Clinic in Colorado has to be one of my favorites. The expression on Craig’s face says it all! Craig first posted this comment on Facebook:

“100+ days on the snow, still a competitive water skier, all on a knee the orthos wanted to hack off 6 years ago, did I mention the 2 shoulders, one from each sport that the orthos said would never be able to press 5#s. Regularly doing 25s as part of my daily routine. THANK YOU Regenexx”

Dr. Schultz first met with Craig in February of 2011. He presented with a year of right knee pain following a backcountry-skiing fall. He had already had arthroscopic knee surgery and a meniscectomy (read removal of part of the meniscus) in 2004, and a further arthroscopic knee surgery in his right knee in which they removed both cartilage and sections of the meniscus. Dr. Schultz performed a Regenexx-SD knee stem cell procedure on his right knee in 2011. This was a same-day procedure where a bone marrow aspirate was taken in the morning, the patient’s cells were isolated using our proprietary protocol, and then the cells were precisely reinjected into various damaged areas.

In 2016, Craig was back, this time with rotator cuff tears. Dr. Schultz used precise injection with a Regenexx-SD stem cell procedure. This included both the main rotator cuff tendon (supraspinatus) as well as the ligaments that stabilize the shoulder joint. This last part is critical as Craig had an unstable shoulder that went undetected by his orthopedic surgeon. Hence, precisely targeting these lax ligaments was a key part of the procedure.

Craig has this to say about his shoulders:

“What’s really great is the shoulder outcomes. Dr. Schultz didn’t have a lot of hope for the left rotator, big tear, fully retracted. Now completely resolved. Right was worse and it’s coming along nicely.”

The upshot? Patients often ask how durable the outcomes of a same-day stem cell procedure can be. We see a wide variety of responses, but longer-term outcomes, like Craig’s 6 year knee stem cell update, are not uncommon. So we wish Craig many more runs and rounds of weight lifting and hope he never has to feel metal, plastic, or ceramic parts in his body!

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6 thoughts on “6 Year Knee Stem Cell Update: Unstoppable!

  1. Cheryle Darley

    In reality, I am not on the same athletic level as Craig, but in my heart I am! Being healthy, active and mobile is an integral part of my happiness. I spent many hours researching ways to improve my knee health without a total knee replacement and stopped when I came upon Regenexx. I had my second ACL replacement in May and a same day stem cell procedure in June at the Beverly Hills, CA center. I am optimistic I will experience improvement and will astound my ortho, whom was rather upset that I had stem cell therapy, and will disprove his prognosis that I will be back in two years for a total knee replacment!

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      That sounds like a great plan!

  2. Babs Whisman

    What about a shreaded or “absent” ACL, which along w/ missing cartilage, causes crunching, instability & occassional lateral shifting when walking esp.on stairs? What outcomes & improvement for this? Would more than one treatment be required to reach Craigs outcome?

    1. Regenexx Team Post author


      We’d need to see a recent MRI and examine you to be able to predict likely improvement and outcome. Craig’s knee had different history. He had knee surgery in which a section of his meniscus and some cartilage was removed which predictably caused more problems than it solved, but he didn’t have an “absent” or shredded ACL. If you’d like to start that process, please submit the Candidate form.

  3. BABS Hallanger

    What about a shreaded or “absent” ACL, which along w/ missing cartilage, causes crunching, instability & occassional lateral shifting when walking esp.on stairs? What outcomes & improvement for this? Would more than one treatment be required to reach Craigs outcome?

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Most patients get one stem cell procedure. Craig had a completely different issue, but like all patients, to weigh in we’d need to evaluate your particular situation through the Candidacy process and ultimately an exam.

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