I had an adipose stem cell injection done to my right knee 4 months ago. Just thought I post some thoughts for others to consider. It's brief and hence cryptic, but this is just to get an idea up for consideration for your own research. Generally I suffer from osteo arthritis on the inner compartment of the right knee. I messed it up 35 years ago doing stupid shit on over cranked Salomon 505's. Not the best combo. One MCL tear repair and 2 scopes later, I'm having to pay up. I can still ski, but only in deep, overhead powder. Seriously, it's pretty rough anytime things ice up a bit. I can turn right, but left is a tiptoe. Love moguls, but have to be on a low calorie bump diet.
Two surgeons have said it's time for a total knee. But along comes an acquaintance who just had a stem cell treatment done. Ex rodeo fellow who couldn't even get in a car proper. I'm not a doc, but he described the same issues as me w/ regard to constant pain and range. His results were quite good. He told me he demo'd a squat much to the chagrin of his doc. He's still in good shape a year later. And in considering a TKR, what does one have to lose? It's not like TKR doesn't come w/ significant risks especially w/ regard to maintaining status quo skiing again. Lots of TKR success stories too, but as stem cell procedures get better, one wouldn't be a candidate.
And so I jumped on board w/ Tahoe Medical Spa here in Incline Village: Rebecca and Matthew Gelber to name names, two of the nicest, sincere folks and *avid* skiers. You can read about the process, just do a search. The last thing you'd want to do is piss off a skier, especially over on TGR.
Things were right on the curve. Nothing in the first month or so. Then the pain would go away and cycle better/worse, but on an improving upslope. Lifting my foot up while standing was painful. I could actually pull past 90 degrees w/o pain for the first time in I can't remember. Amazing. Then 3 months in, I probably tore the meniscus sailing in some rough conditions (another bad hobby, damn). No point going to a surgeon. All I can say is one month later (now), things are improving back to baseline pretty quickly, reinforcing me to think when you do injure a knee, there should be a minimum wait of several months to see how the body gets it back together. Also leading me to think having the stem cell/PRP was speeding things along. I'm thinking a lot (not all) of arthroscopic surgeries are done way too prematurely. And they are subtractive, each surgery putting more stress on the remaining material. I watched the video of my knee of the last surgery and was a bit saddened to watch the meniscus being bitten away knowing it will never come back. But pure speculation on my part other than being a participant and an engineer. Just what I would do, and am doing, this go round. No mistaking my knee is still sore, but at least it's on its way back to a manageable level.
In summary, I could've been a better testimonial until I screwed myself in the middle of this. I am amazed at the comeback having done similar things in the past. One month is pretty quick to get back on my feet. And, probably like you would do since you're reading this on a skiing forum, I went on yet another rough sailing event this past weekend, albeit w/ great emphasis on keeping the knee out of harms way. It's gotten good enough in one month from hobbling around to going yacht racing.
On a lighter note, one should consider the "while your in there" opportunity to let some air out the spare tire that overinflates w/ age. The liposuction to get a few tablespoons of adipose stem cells is a a bit of an inconvenience and time consuming to get over. Might as well take a few gallons while you're at it for the trouble.