On a recent discussion board, someone posted a question about whether the Regenexx stem cell procedure was for real. Well our patients seem to have jumped on to answer the question. What we do isn’t magic. Some patients respond and some don’t respond. However, we’re thrilled as physicians to see this group of patients tell their experiences. Comments like this make all the long hours and hard work worthwhile! These are their own experiences and opinions and are not necessarily typical of all patients’s experiences and opinions, but here are a few of their comments:
Jason Brown: I had a great experience with the staff at the Centeno Schultz Clinic. I was suffering from severe tendinitis in my elbow and Dr. Schultz and team were able to address this and I am completely pain free.
George Knish: In 2007 I suffered a severe tear to my medial meniscus. I hadn’t heard of the Regenexx procedure. I went to a sports medicine doctor. The doctor saw the tear was severe, and removed a large portion of my meniscus, telling me I should never run again. I went through PT and got back to where most of the pain was gone as long as I didn’t run on it. Over the next 2-3 years, I started to experience more and more pain all over my knee. That’s when I heard about Regenexx. I went to the Centeno-Schultz clinic in early 2010. Dr. Centeno looked at my MRI and saw 3 issues. 1. Most of my meniscus was missing. 2. Severe laxity in my ACL which was causing my tendons to work much harder, get inflamed, causing a lot of the additional discomfort. 3. I had cartilage worn off under my knee cap which caused pain that I was experiencing at the top of every revolution while I was biking. Dr. Centeno stated at the time that they could only repair tears to the meniscus with the stem cells, and that he couldn’t grow new tissue to replace what had been surgically removed. He stated that he strongly believed they could help me with the ACL laxity and repair the cartilage under my knee cap. I went through two different “same day” stem cell procedures (not restricted by the FDA) in their clinic in Broomfield, CO. I was absolutely blown away how quickly I experienced pain relief after these procedures. My ACL tightened up in what seemed like 1 month absolute max. The pain under my kneecap disappeared immediately after the procedure. I still couldn’t run from meniscus tear/surgery, but at least I was back biking again. Then, just this last Christmas eve, I tore what was left of my medial meniscus. This time I saw the third doctor, Ron Hanson, at the Centeno-Schultz clinic. I got the sense he’s considered their knee expert. He stated that the tear could be fixed with the stem cell procedure. Then he brought up that there had been a study in mammals (dogs and/or pigs I recall) that had shown measurable meniscus growth when fat was injected in the knee. He said they didn’t have before and after MRI data on people, but they had seen very good symptomatic success since they’ve started doing it. Two weeks ago I had the stem cell procedure and fat graft done. Again, after only two weeks, I’m completely stunned. I forgot what it felt like not to have pain in my knee. I’m not quite to the point yet in the recovery to go running, but I see light at the end of the tunnel. This is a total life changer. I didn’t expect to get this level of relief, let alone only 2 weeks after the procedure. I can’t say enough good things about these guys. I’m thrilled for my own recovery, and thrilled for my kids who are very active in sports….just knowing that there is this great alternative out there for them to fix injuries that they will inevitably encounter is very comforting.
Delbert Clark: I think it’s been about a year now since I had the procedure done on my left knee.
It’s amazing!. I have minimal pain, can do my work without pain. I can’t say I’m 100% better, but I am at least 75% better. I would do the procedure again if I needed to. It is very disappointing that insurance doesn’t pay for it. But you know what? I still have my knee, not some high dollar hunk of iron that has no guarantee that they’ll work either. The FDA needs to pull their heads out of their Butt and leave The Centeno / Schultz crew alone!!! They are on to something that works. I think that the doctors and insurance company’s don’t want them doing what their doing, because it will cut them out of their money for knee or joint replacement’s. I’m glad I did it and would do it again! Keep up the good work Centeno!!!
Deb Smith: I have had 2 “same day” and fat graft injections in both knees. One in April 2011, the other July 2011. I am thrilled with the results! I have had a 90% improvement in pain relief & function. I had been looking at getting a knee replacement for my rt. knee due to an old injury (torn ACL, MCL, med & lat. meniscus) that had caused a lot of degeneration in the joint. I heard about the Centeno-Schultz Clinic through my old family Dr. who recommended I try it. I was skeptical at first but I trusted his recommendation. I am so glad that I did. Dr. Hanson had rated my rt. knee as a fair to good candidate so I wasn’t expecting as good of results that I ended up with, what a surprise! My lt. knee had a meniscus tear and also degeneration behind the patella. The patellar pain has improved 90% as well, but I reinjured the meniscus tear after the 1st round of injections. I ended up having a 3rd injection for the meniscus tear about 4 weeks ago now. I now have no pain and am expecting it to heal this time. I am so glad that I went ahead with these injections, they have saved me from a major surgery. Thank you Dr. Hanson!!
John Steinhauer-My personal experience has been remarkable. My MRI confirmed a torn MCL and tears to my medial meniscus. Its been just over a year since my PRP & Stem Cell treatments and I am 100%, in fact after only 60 days I was back on the road bike and now I’m involved in Crossfit training and 100% pain free and completely satisfied with the treatment from Dr. Centeno and his team.
NOTE: All Regenexx procedures are medical procedures and like all medical procedures have a success and failure rate. Not all Regenexx patients experience the same results.