Stem Cell Therapy to Help the Body Repair a Torn Meniscus
Stem Cell Treatment FOR meniscus tears IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY ROUTINE.
The meniscus is the knee’s shock absorbers, protecting cartilage from the trauma of jumping, running, lifting and weight bearing. Sometimes with lifting and/or a quick change of direction, the meniscus can tear, resulting in knee pain. 90% of the meniscus, called the White Zone, has a poor blood supply and does not do well with surgical repair.
Only the outer 10% of the meniscus, called the Red Zone, has a good blood supply and can be surgically sutured and repaired. However, any surgical trimming of the meniscus will lead to early knee arthritis or wearing down of the cartilage and joint breakdown.
Surgery for meniscus tears is only suitable in a very small number of cases:
1. Small tears in the outer 10% of the meniscus known as the red zone.
2. Any knee injury with knee joint locking.
If you have knee pain due to a meniscus tear (withoutknee locking), stem cell therapy can be an excellent and best alternative to helping your body repair a torn meniscus.
Other alternatives for the treatment of meniscus tears all have significant problems:
1. Surgical trimming of the meniscus (meniscectomy) leads to early knee joint arthritis and joint breakdown.
2. Steroid injections have been shown to be ineffective in treating long term knee pain and those patients who have had steroid joint injections do much worse after joint replacement .
3. Gel injections may provide temporary knee pain relief, but regenerative medicine procedures have been shown to have better results than gel injections.
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2 Intrarticular hip injection and early revision surgery following total hip arthroplasty: a retrospective cohort study; Ravi B1, Escott BG, Wasserstein D, Croxford R, Hollands S, Paterson JM, Kreder HJ, Hawker GA.; Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jan;67(1):162-8. doi: 10.1002/art.38886. Link to Article
3 Intra-articular injection of two different doses of autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells versus hyaluronic acid in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial (phase I/II); Lamo-Espinosa JM, Mora G, Blanco JF, Granero-Moltó F, Nuñez-Córdoba JM,Et Al., J Transl Med. 2016 Aug 26;14(1):246. doi: 10.1186/s12967-016-0998-2. Link to article
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