Knee Joint Replacement: Stem Cells as Alternative Treatment
When you’re told you need a knee replacement, patients are consulting Dennis M. Lox, MD, for Stem Cell Therapy.
Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, and incorporates the use of stem cells to alter the often times prognosis that knee replacement surgery is the only option.
Frequently, patients are told they are bone on bone and the only option is knee joint replacement. Dr. Lox has seen all too frequently that these patients still have cartilage and are not bone on bone. Degenerative arthritis is a progressive condition. The rate of arthritis progression is not always the same for every individual. Additionally, some patients have rapid onset of symptoms while others have slowly progressive symptoms over many years.
The rate of arthritis progression is not always the same for every individual. Additionally, some patients have rapid onset of symptoms while others have slowly progressive symptoms over many years.
Incorporating Regenerative Medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy into the treatment of degenerative osteoarthritis may alter the progressive nature of this disorder.
Stem cells may exert their effect on several levels to address the pain and debility of arthritis. The stem cells may exert a potent anti-inflammatory effect. They may recruit adjacent cells to aid in repair, and may also differentiate into the desired needed cells for site specific repair.
It is this regenerative effect that is desired to repair or halt the progression of degeneration of osteoarthritis, with the goal of preventing knee joint replacement or offering an alternative to total knee replacement.