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Fixing a blown knee - Medical science has come a long way

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Our sibling site, OnTheSnow.com has an interesting article about ACL repair. 

Stem Cell ACL: Cutting Edge Knee Repair Sans Surgery

 

 

Snip from the article. 

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I entered the room where a Halloween-prop-sized needle was being cored down into the patient’s hip still skeptical that this procedure was “comfortable” and “painless” as I had read. But, after carrying on a conversation with the patient—who was, admittedly, doing much better than I at that moment, chatting calmly about feeling only pressure as the needle filled with blood—I exited the room a believer. 

Let me back up a bit. A torn ACL is a more or less a sentence for:

A) Surgery and at least a six-month recovery time

B) Weight training to the point of forming Hulk-like hamstrings strong enough to keep the knee from hyperextending—in other words, perform the ACL’s job

This particular patient opted for procedure C… or rather, R for Regenexx, an alternative to traditional orthopedic surgery. What I witnessed that queasy morning was the stem cell aspiration step of the Regenexx process wherein doctors extract the richest concentration of stem cells from your hip’s bone marrow.

No epidural block, either. Dr. Centeno and team at the Denver-based Centeno Schultz Clinic are able to carry out this procedure—currently most commonly used to treat torn ACL and rotator cuff injuries, knee arthritis or low back pinched nerve—relatively pain free after reportedly perfecting the numbing process. But the cool part is what happens next.

 

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I've had it done...it works!  Having had a bone marrow sample taken to rule out leukemia as a teenager, I was petrified as that was performed in the most barbaric way into my sternum with a hammer! I only wish I had not let that experience delay having this done as long as I did.

 

This was honestly not a problem, and SO much better than you would imagine. They really make sure you feel very little.  While the draw sites were a tad sore for a day or two, the whole procedure was so much less than the pain I was in, and the pain (and complications!) I saved myself from if I were to have had surgery. I would do it again in a heartbeat!   

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