My Brother Has Had Two Knee Replacements, I don’t Want That
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When patients describe their symptoms and history, often they mention a family history of arthritis. On this particular day, a patient consulted Dennis M. Lox, MD, for knee stem cell treatment. He commented immediately that his younger brother who also was athletic, had both knees replaced already then he stated, “I don’t want that”.
Most doctors and patients have been conditioned that knee osteoarthritis is due to just wear and tear effects of the body. We now know osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis is more complicated than that. There is a genetic component. It may be seen in families. This particular patient was aware that both he and his younger brother were very athletic, and since his brother had already had two knee replacements he was concerned about his future. This was very telling, as he had been a professional athlete and engaged in many sports that were knee intense. To make it a trifecta, he also had meniscal surgery on both knees.
Genetics predispose individuals to develop arthritis. Wear and tear effects are further expounded by traumatic sports injuries, and lastly surgery on the knee further propels this degenerative cascade. Revisiting his original statement, that his brother had 2 knee replacements, and I don’t want that, is actually very revealing and pertinent. Athletes with a family history of joint arthritis, sustain repetitive joint trauma, and undergo knee surgery are at great risk of future knee replacement. This patient was being proactive and inquiring about stem cell treatment as a means of not only improving his present symptoms, but also addressing his desire to avoid knee replacement surgery. Stem Cell Therapy may be a viable option to circumvent the idea that your knee will eventually become bone on bone and knee joint replacement will be inevitable. More patients are thinking like this ex- professional athlete, and considering stem cells as an option.
Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Orlando and Spring Hill. He has been pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. Located in the 33765 area, our office can be reached at (727) 462-5582.
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.