What is Osteoarthritis?
Five million people in the UK are said to live with Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints, including damage to the tissue between bones known as articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax. While Osteoarthritis is very common in middle-aged and older people, up to two thirds of people suffering from osteoarthritis are of working age, and its symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. The disorder most often affects hands and weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, feet and shoulders, but can affect almost any joint in the body.
How Regenerative Therapy can be used to treat patients with Osteoarthritis?
The majority of complications in Osteoarthritis patients are related to the deterioration of cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In Osteoarthritis, this surface become rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, patients will be left with bone rubbing on bone.
Regenerative Treatments provided by Medica Stem Cells is designed to target these areas within the joints to help with the growth of new cartilage cells. Stem cells are multi-potent and have the ability to differentiate into cartilage cells (Chondrocytes).
It works like this: Cells are extracted from a patient with a needle—usually from bone marrow within the hip—and placed into a centrifuge to produce a rich concentrate. Those cells are then injected back into the patient’s damaged joint to help kick-start healing. Regenerative therapy induces the production of natural anti-inflammatories which can assist with Osteoarthritis pain and swelling in the joint area.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes a few hours. No general anaesthesia is required and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, patients typically return to work within a week or two and they resume physical activity much faster than after invasive surgery. Extracting the cells directly from patients reduces the risk of rejection; many report feeling marked improvement in their joint within one to three months.
Am I a candidate for Regenerative therapy at Medica Stem Cells?
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for Regenerative Treatment, you will need to schedule appointment with our Clinic to have assessment done by our Consultant, who will review your medical records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for this type of therapy. The exact choice of treatment is then at the discretion of the Consultant and is based on your unique case. In certain cases it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients the complete protocol is a series of injections in several treatment sessions. The final outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another depending on type and severity of the injury, age, etc.
Are there any known risks to the Regenerative therapy?
The treatment is based on extracting orthobiologic material from the patient, so there is no risk of rejection. And as the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.
What can I expect after Regenerative Therapy for Osteoarthritis?
The first day after the treatment, you might experience mild discomfort at injection site which should not be restrictive, mild pain in the treatment area may persist for a day or two. This can be alleviated by rest and if needed simple pain killers may be prescribed.
Improvement in one or two days is common. This is due to the strong anti-inflammatory effect of the growth factors associated with adult mesenchymal cells. This anti-inflammatory effect lasts from 2-3 months. From there, you can see continued gradual improvement as the adult stem cells help provide healing to the affected area.
You will be asked during the period of follow up to keep an accurate record of your progress to compare to your starting point. Monthly reviews of your progress may extend up to 6 months following the procedure. Reviews can be by means of a clinic visits or alternatively for your ease by video / phone call.
What our patients are saying about Regenerative Therapy in Medica Stem Cells clinic?
“I came to Medica Stem Cells because I was told I needed a knee replacement and that I did not want to do. I wanted to avoid a knee replacement. I went for a consultation with the Doctor in Medica Stem Cells and I had the stem cell treatment on my knee on the 9th of June and I am now pain free and I am no longer taking medication. I was previously relying heavily on Ibuprofen and now I take nothing. No painkillers are needed anymore.
Simple everyday things like Walking up and down the stairs and getting in and out of the car was a big struggle for me before I had my stem cell treatment. I had to watch what I was doing all the time. I am no longer conscious of that. I can bend my knees now and I am back walking pain free. I did a 7 and a half mile walk with my friend last week with total ease and I walk 4 miles every day with my dogs. Before When I would take the dogs for a walk I would be dragging my leg and be in pain after the first half hour.
I did a Zumba class last week and I had absolutely no problems. I can also drive long distances now with no struggle at all. Before after a long distance drive I would be stiff and find it hard to walk and now I have my life back. I’m back in the gym now again and since I went back I have found my whole leg is much stronger.
I am looking forward to walking the Kimono on the 29th of Sept.”
“My husband Oscar went to the clinic in Cork for stem cell treatment on his knee 2 days!!! Before he was due to go for knee replacement surgery – he couldn’t sleep, was on huge medication & in constant pain. We went in and in about 3 hours walked out again – FINISHED. He’s had no pain hardly & he is walking around, still tender if he turns the wrong way on his knee but it’s only been 2 months, apparently it takes 6 months to totally re – generate the cartilage. But he is totally pain free & very, very happy he went.
Very professional people who are interested & concerned on how he is progressing – I intend to book straight away for anti-aging treatment – if that’s what they can do for people in severe pain my wrinkles should be no problem.“
“I had my stem cell in treatment this morning. I was put at ease from the moment I arrived by Amy, the consultants assistant, such a lovely girl. Amy made me very welcome with her warm personality. I was then introduced to the consultant and found that he was such a nice man who put me at ease and answered any questions I had. I knew this was the procedure for me as I could go back to my daily life after procedure and I found the consultant to be ever so nice and genuine and easy to talk to. The procedure took 40 minutes I had both my knees treated. It was over before I realised and the consultant made sure I was comfortable at all times . Thank you so much to the consultant his assistant and the lovely Amy. Now it’s recovery time – no open surgery, no crutches.Thank you again to a very professional consultant and his team.”
“I have being getting my knees and back injected for the last 12/13 yrs. Injection may last a week. I kept being told to hold on to my knees for as long as I could. I had no quality of life. My knees and back were affected due to a simple fall and my hip had to be replaced 10 years ago. I was in constant pain. No medication worked for me. I put on weight due to lack of exercise. I am twice my size now.. I heard about Dr.Gehad in the Elysian Clinic. I went to see him for a free consultation (though whether it was free or not, I was still going) I had my x ray a few days later and on last Friday 24th i had The Stem Cell Treatment done. I know that it’s only a few days but I have no pain since. I have taken it easy since Friday but I’m out today. Dr. Gehad is such a pleasant gentleman, his staff, Amy, Lydia and Hannah could not have been nicer to me. I know it can take up to 6 months for full healing process, but worth it. I am so happy to have taken this step. I will be 60 in July and hopefully for me 60 will be the new 40. Thank you all once again for your care and attention. Carmelo“
There are many more Medica Stem Cell patient testimonials on our website who have experienced significant improvements on their condition.
Orthobiologic Regenerative Therapy for Osteoarthritis is being studied for efficacy in improving the complications in patients through the use of their own cells. These procedures may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking to try Regenerative therapy before starting drug treatment. Regenerative treatments are not suitable for all conditions and all patients. The consultant will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate. The final outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another depending on type and severity of the condition, age, etc.
If you believe you or someone you care about could benefit from Regenerative Therapy, please contact us on 020 816 82 000 to book an appointment or request a call back today!