Dr. Dennis Lox consulted
Dennis M. Lox, MD, consulted for Knee Stem Cells from Malaysia
Dennis M. Lox, MD, consulted for Knee Stem Cells from Malaysia. Dr. Lox is frequently consulted for a variety of knee disorders. Often it is for alternatives to knee surgery. This case was a football player from Malaysia, who injured his knee meniscus, failed to improve, and was recommended for a second knee meniscal surgery. The second procedure was for the same condition, a lateral meniscal tear. Lateral meniscal tears do not fare as well with arthroscopic surgery as medial meniscal tears. The patient was concerned about what all the consequences of multiple surgeries would have on the future possibility of arthritis. This patient was astute enough to understand multiple surgeries equate to more damage to his meniscus over the long-term. Indeed, a second surgery combined with the football injury is three traumatic events to his lateral meniscus.
Trauma predisposes and accelerates the development of knee joint arthritis. The more meniscus that is removed, the greater the loss of meniscus volume. To say it another way, removing parts of the meniscus leaves a hole or divot where normal tissue should be. This allows faster joint wear and tear as the hole allows for more of a grinding effect which eventually results in progression towards bone on bone. An alternative, which seemed more appealing to the patient, would be to avoid the second surgery, and opt for stem cells instead.
Taking a regenerative medicine approach to try and repair and heal through a regenerative method makes sense, especially when the long term outcome of arthritis development is considered. The safety of using the patients own stem cells does not preclude future surgery, however if successful, surgery becomes unnecessary. Yet, if stem cells are not used and surgery is done this cannot be undone – an could cause greater long-term damage overall to the knee. Stem cells after a second surgery may help, but it is always easier to fix problems earlier, rather than wait for more damage or degeneration to occur.
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.