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Knee injections/stems cells/ anything

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by whitewave, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Jun 15, 2019
    So as of Monday my knee was totally fine,; I cancelled my ortho appointment. Then Tues-Today it hurts so bad I want to cut it off. (Stress fracture tibia, completely destroyed right knee. Metal allergy, so not thrilled about TKR).

    DH brought up the idea of stem cell injections to try. Our friend (my son’s godfather’ is a physical medicine and rehab doc so I called him and he said he’s do it for free (lol) if I found out what product for him to learn about and inject. Obviously, this is attractive lol and I do trust he would learn and do it correctly etc).

    The “real” stem cell treatment harvests your cells from your fat or bone marrow. There are docs in the state who do this, but I believe it’s 5-7k per knee.

    Anyway, has anyone done this in the USA or abroad (I understand outside of the us, the studies have been going on longer and are showing definite therapeutic benefit where the us studies show meh results)? How much was it? How did you do? Etc.

    Bonus points if anyone can name the product. Lol

    Thanks in advance!!
     
    


    


  2. elizat
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    by elizat » Jun 15, 2019
    Hi, I know your husband probably has more data on this than me and more access to journals, but just from the perspective of hiring neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeons as experts in my cases, the general consensus that I am typically told by over 95 percent of the doctors I consult with is that the stem cell therapy offered by most orthos or sport medicine docs has no proven efficacy and it's based on junk science. They may be more conservative doctors too. But, from multiple docs I have been advised they are simply not effective and more so have a placebo effect. This is the view on the marrow/ fat as well as the general "platelet" injections.

    But the reading is all over the place.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/health/stem-cells-fda.html

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-04-elite-hospitals-plunge-unproven-stem.html

    https://www.medscape.com/answers/33...py-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis-oa#qna

    Probably zero help to you.
     
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  3. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Jun 15, 2019
    Thanks, I’ll read them. I’ll always read anything.
     

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