Split Ankle Tendon Stem Cell Injections help Patient Avoid Surgery
DC is a 38 year old female who was involved in a car crash in 2007. She had her lateral ankle ligaments repaired surgically, but since that time had chronic tendon pain and was told that she may have a re-tear of one of the lateral ankle ligaments. A musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) of the ankle was performed showing anterior talofibular ligament degeneration and a longitudinal tear (lengthwise) of the peroneus brevis tendon. In an attempt to avoid a second surgery, the patient received three split ankle tendon stem cell Regenexx-SCP procedures where her own platelets and stem cells were injected under MSK US guidance and she is currently two months out from the third injection. She reports 60% improvement in strength, stability, and pain. The patient also has low back issues from the same car crash that if treated further, will hopefully allow her to recover further. Recognize that rather than a second surgery which would have involved surgical suture of the split tendon and tightening of the ankle ligaments with extensive downtime on crutches and then in a walking boot, the patient returned to moderate activities and had much less downtime after the platelet and stem cell injections.