Stem Cell Knee Repair Provides a Conservative Solution for the Relief of Knee Pain
Stem cell knee repair may be a viable, non-surgical option for the treatment of pain arising from a damaged knee joint. At the Florida Spine & Sports Medicine Center, Dennis M. Lox, M.D., performs innovative adult stem cell treatments that enable his patients to return to their formerly active lifestyles much sooner than if they had undergone traditional surgeries. In addition, Dr. Lox’s patients are able to avoid the risks generally associated with surgical treatment, along with the convalescence period that usually follows.
You may be wondering about the controversy surrounding the use of stem cells. The debate actually centers on the use of only one type of stem cells – embryonic stem cells. When performing a stem cell knee repair treatment, Dr. Lox never uses embryonic stem cells. Rather, he utilizes a breakthrough method called autologous transplantation, which has eliminated the need for embryonic stem cells because it can effectively stimulate a patient’s own cells to behave like embryonic stem cells. During a short procedure in Dr. Lox’s state-of-the-art clinic, these cells, known as mesenchymal cells, are derived from the patient’s own fatty tissue or bone marrow, purified, and then injected into the patient’s damaged knee. Because the patient’s own cells are used, there is no risk of disease transmission or tissue rejection, so immunosuppressive therapy is not required.
Mesenchymal cells have the exceptional ability to take on the behavior and characteristics of their surrounding cells. As such, following a stem cell knee repair procedure, the injected cells may become specialized for the knee and, over time, can help to regenerate the damaged cartilage and other tissue. Results will vary among patients, but many report experiencing pain relief in as little as one week.
To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell knee repair and learn more about this exciting and progressive treatment option, contact the Florida Spine & Sports Medicine Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lox. He’ll be happy to help you explore this and other non-surgical alternatives for the relief of joint pain, such as adispose stem cell therapy, stem cell cartilage repair, or a hip replacement alternative.