Every so often in the blog, we highlight the outcome of multiple patients who have undergone various types of Regenexx procedures. These all came to my attention this week, so I thought I’d repeat that same format with these stem cell knee outcomes. This group of patients had excellent results and very little recovery time, however, this highlight of positive results doesn’t mean all patients get these results. Stem cell procedures properly done under imaging guidance, with the right types of correctly harvested stem cells have a great track record, but are not “magic” and have a success and failure rate just as any other medical procedure.
-GS was seen by our clinic in August of 2009 after having knee pain following a 20 mile run. The patient was diagnosed with a meniscus tear and had a medial menisectomy which didn’t help his pain. After the surgery he was diagnosed with a osteochondral defect (hole in the cartilage) and wanted us to treat this problem with our Regenexx-C stem cell procedure. He recieved three Regenexx-C procedures from September 2009 through January 2010. He’s now one year and 3 months out from his last procedure and he wrote us this past week and stated, “I have to tell you that I am still overwhelmed by the results of the stem cell replacement in my left knee. I tell everyone I can about the process. What a difference it has made in my life!”
-KK is a 55 year old female ballet instructor who was seen in October of last year for a 15 month old medial mensicus tear that limited her ability to instruct ballet and participate in Pilates. This was injected under MSK ultrasound guidance as part of the Regenexx-SCP blood derived stem cell procedure. She had two injections to the medial meniscus and reports 95% improvement in range of motion (she had difficulty bending the knee before the injections) and pain.
-CP is a 60 year old male who injured his knee while skiing and was first seen in our clinic in February of this year. At that point, his knee pain had lasted for 13 months and was made worse by bump skiing, impact sports, and lateral cutting. He had tried and failed acupuncture, active release technique, chiropractic, physical therapy, NSAID drugs, and surgery. His failed surgery was a knee arthroscopy with partial medial and lateral menisectomy with cartilage debridement (cutting out part of his knee meniscus and shaving down the cartilage). The patient is 6 weeks out from his Regenexx-AD stem cell procedure for a displaced medial meniscus performed under MSK ultrasound guidance. In addition, since his ACL and MCL ligaments were lax and this laxity had gone undetected, these ligaments were also injected under c-arm fluoroscopy. The patient currently reports 100% pain relief with significant improvement in stability and ROM.
-SS is a 43 year old male who was also seen in February of this year who at that point had a two year history of chronic knee pain. He had failed surgical debridement of his medial knee joint and had an arthritic knee with a medially displaced meniscus. He is now 6 weeks out from his Regenexx-AD stem cell procedure and reports 80% improvement in his pain and is skiing blue groomers for 3 hours without pain.
One of the things to note about all of these patients is that with Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures, they have experienced less downtime and quicker recovery time than would be possible with surgery. In fact, some of these patients are experiencing significant relief and are back to almost full activity when most surgical patients would just be ramping up their rehab or getting off crutches.