Update: Saving an Active Elderly Man from knee Replacement
Update: Saving an Active Elderly Man from knee Replacement with a stem cell knee replacement alternative… KJ is in his late 70’s and was evaluated by us in 2008, after a lifetime of knee problems since a torn meniscus in the 1960’s. After multiple failed arthroscopic knee surgeries through the 2000’s, he was told he needed a knee replacement. His MRI showed complete loss of the meniscus in the left knee (which had been surgically removed in the 1960’s) and severe cartilage loss (bone on bone), so he was told that he was a fair-poor candidate for the procedure (his knee is featured in this prior blog post). He knew he didn’t want a knee replacement, so he decided to give the procedure a try. We treated him with the Regenexx-C knee stem cell treatment as well as a barbotage procedure to remove bone spurs and some injections to tighten his very loose ACL knee ligament. His last update on how the knee did with stem cell treatment is here. I examined him today, more than 2.5 years after his knee stem cell injection and his knee still feels great. He walks several miles a day, climbs ladders and stairs, and works on home improvement projects, all without significant pain other than mild stiffness now and then. His exam showed no significant tenderness or swelling. Looks like KJ was able to dodge the knee replacement bullet long-term because of an injection of his own stem cells and an Interventional Orthopedics approach!