80 Year-Old With Knee Pain Wants to Avoid Surgery With Stem Cells
Why be resigned to growing old and suffering from joint pain? What if there is an alternative treatment that might prevent hip or knee joint replacement? Could you avoid surgery with stem cells?
That is the interesting question of the Regenerative Medicine emergence.
So why would an 80-year-old year old want to decrease pain, feel better and prevent a knee joint replacement? This particular 80 year said “I just don’t want a knee replacement,” and he came for a consultation with Dennis M. Lox, MD, and decided to have knee stem cell therapy. He said to Dr. Lox what’s he got to lose?
Interesting debate among researchers and academicians exists, yet all clinical safety trials have shown safety, and this is with allogenic (other people’s cells), for most clinical trials. And there is plenty of trials and clinical reports reporting effectiveness of regenerative medicine.
I have been doing this multiple years now, and gained yast experience form treating patients. Why some patients do better than others. It’s extremely complex.
The 80-year-old chose to perform this despite all the consents we must form, and so I am going for it. Interesting lots of patients are opting for it. Doctors just can make claims of options. Yet, many have improved. We only have to look at the animal model of the goat, sheep, rabbit, and mouse to see that cartilage does regrow with stem cells. Humans are much more complex. I have my treatment plan for these difficult over weigh and unhealthy patients. I believe this is why human trials are lacking with animal studies. The animals are not fed Big Macs and supersize fries. It’s a research problem with the 21st century human that is obese and unhealthy. This has a complex set of problems with cartilage degradation, repair, and inflammatory cytokines which disrupt the ability to repair effectively.
Enough lecturing…. Hope the point was well taken.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.