“Amazing”- An Advanced Stem Cell Disc Injection Patient

By /

I often get great reports of amazing recoveries. I get asked by my patients to write about more of these on the blog. However, I get busy juggling all that I do every day so they often fail to get written up. So this morning we’ll cover an amazing recovery for a chronic low back pain patient.

Jake’s Story

Jake is a patient I met more than 16 years ago, who hurt his spine in a car crash while in his 20s. While treating and getting to know Jake I watched him mature from a college kid to become a father and accountant. At first, as he became a busy professional like clockwork Jake would need to get has back injected with epidural steroids. I could help him for a while, but as our practice advanced to ditching the steroids in favor of using the growth factors isolated from their own blood platelets (platelet lysate), he got longer and longer relief.

As time when on, he would come in every year for his platelet lysate epidural injection to get him ready for the 90 hour work weeks of tax season. Then around 2009, his need for these injections escalated. At that point, I finally offered him a disc stem cell injection.

The focus then was a large disc bulge with a tear at L5-S1. JS disc stem cell injection thumbHe had his first disc stem cell injection in late 2009, and by early 2010 was doing great. His post-injection MRI showed that the disc bulge had gone away, so at that point, he didn’t need much other than medical marijuana. His results are shown to the left here.

In 2015, a follow-up MRI at 6 years after the first procedure showed that while the injected L5-S1 was doing great, two new discs above that had developed bulges with tears. Hence, he needed something more.

You may want to learn more about injecting low back discs with stem cells in my video below:

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.

Cayman Disc Treatment

What’s different about what we can do in Cayman? A US same-day stem cell treatment for low back discs works well when there is a tear in the disc. However, if the goal is to get rid of a stubborn disc bulge that’s causing the patient ongoing problems (many don’t, but some do), then we often use special culture-expanded cells. This procedure is now part of a phase II FDA approved clinical trial approval but can be used in the Cayman Islands now. The cells are conditioned in culture to be able to withstand the rigors of the degenerating disc while they are also grown to bigger numbers.

Jake wanted to travel to Grand Cayman to get this done. This was new territory, as we had never injected so many discs in one patient. At about a month out, this was his report through my assistant:

“Dr. Centeno,

I spoke with Jake S today, he wanted me to pass along a BIG THANK YOU!! You have fulfilled his Christmas wish.  After 7 days, he was able to discontinue the narcotics and there is NO PAIN!! He is able to touch the floor with no pain.  He wanted to let you know how awesome you are and you’re a miracle worker!!”

So an initial great result from that more advanced stem cell disc injection. However, by 2017 we needed to repeat the procedure, reinjecting L5-S1. So how is Jake doing four years later in 2021? He recently sent this:

“Dr. C, it is amazing.  I live as close to I will ever get to a “pain free” life.  I mean truly pain free (in my back).  I feel like I should get an MRI and come and see you.  It is amazing.  I am really speechless.  I think you would want my before and after MRI’s.  I use some CBD capsules at night & that is it.  I do not treat pain in my back anymore.  I live a normal life.  I don’t ski, skateboard, parachute, but I do whitewater raft.  It took longer to take effect after the 2017 procedure.  But when it did, I found myself as close to pre-2001 as I ever have.  Feel free to call me sometime if you want to talk & do not think I should come in.  Nobody has touched my back since you did 11/20/17.  I am so excited. I am so glad you are reading this.  I have wanted to contact you for 6-8 months to tell you.
Anyway, tell me yes, & I will get an MRI & schedule a consultation to catch up & keep my file’s pictures updated.  Otherwise, THANK YOU!.  Everything you have done since 2001 has been part of the journey to NOW, but I really think something around 2017’s injection changed my L5-S1 significantly.  You gave me a quality of life again.  No opiates or pills since 4/18/12, still clean.  My back allowed me to work over 2200 hours last year.  Thanks & happy new year.  I really hope to see you after tax season to tell you in person.”
The upshot? Jake’s kids are heading off to college now. Jake was a low back fusion candidate many years ago, so I’m happy I was able to help Jake work and raise a family. Finally, his great results show the power of what we do!
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Category: Uncategorized
Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.



9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.