Stem cell therapy for knees. Novastem

Stem cell therapy for knees.

How can stem cells help your knees?

Aging is a natural process in which our body suffers many changes. One of this changes happen in our skeletal system and more specific in our joints. One of the most common is in our knees. Lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis is about 46% according to studies sponsored by NIH.

This process called degenerative joint disease or degenerative osteoarthritis is a “wear a tear” process in which in a normal joint (a firm, rubbery material called cartilage that provides a smooth, gliding surface for motion and cushion) breaks down causing pain, swelling and motion problems. This process involves cartilage break down, bony changes, ligament and tendon deterioration and various degrees of inflammation.

This process is more common in middle aged and elderly patients but not limited to this group of people.

Knee osteoarthritis is a well known and very common cause of disability in older people.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Decrease ability to move
  • Bone spurs formation

Knee osteoarthritis and pain can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Age: ability to heal diminish
  • Weight: Increases joint pressure
  • Gender: Women age 55 are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis
  • Heredity: Gene mutations make some people more likely to develop this process
  • Repetitive stress injuries: kneeling, squatting or lifting heavy weights increase joint pressure
  • Athletics: Some sports increase risk by repetitive injury and pressure
  • Other illness: Rheumatoid arthritis and other metabolic conditions

Stem cells have the ability to reduce inflammation and regrow cartilage. By attaching to the injured area, they can reduce local inflammation and pain, while also promoting and secreting factors that contribute to the healing properties of the body and though this process clinically reduce pain and increase mobility.

Procedure:

We will contact you soon after you submit your inquiry online. Our medical team may schedule a phone conference or video conference to answer any questions you might have. If they determine you may benefit from our therapy, there are certain lab tests in combination with image studies that are needed in or the evaluate your current health status and to determine if the therapy would be beneficial to you. We even evaluate the best moment to receive the therapy, and if not optimal at the moment, get you to that place in which the therapy may be just right for you. Once you are at our facilities, you will have a private consultation with our medical staff with the completion of your medical history and a full physical examination just to verify everything established during our previous interactions. You will be explained in full the planned therapy and you will be asked to sign an informed consent to establish your full knowledge of the therapy. After that we can begin with the planned procedure.

In general, the steps during your visit are as follows:

  • Private medical consultation
  • Informed Consent agreement
  • Hypersensibility testing
  • Direct injection in sterile suite guided with ultrasound or fluoroscopy
  • Observation period
  • Discharge

Knee application sites include:

  • Intraarticular
  • Adjacent ligaments
  • IV (cells only)
PRP Combination

Platelet Rich Plasma or commonly known as PRP, is a concentration of platelets we may produce from the drawing of your blood. When an injury occurs in your body, platelet cells migrate to the lesion site and release certain growth factors that promote other components to migrate and also to begin with the healing and regeneration process. By drawing and centrifuging your blood in sterile conditions, we concentrate all of the cellular components of your blood, leaving the separation as follows:

  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets
  • Serum

We take the solution and administer the solution with platelets directly to the disc to provide the region with growth factors that are promoters for healing to increase the potential of the cell therapy.

Find out if you are a candidate

Our medical team needs to determine if you qualify for our stem cell treatments for osteoarthritis by evaluating your medical records. This pre-screening process is free of charge and you will have a follow up appointment over the phone with your doctor who will explain the possible outcomes of our stem cell therapy.