Stem Cell Treatment as an Alternative to Joint Replacement

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Regenexx® patented stem cell procedures and our advanced blood platelet procedures are used to treat moderate to severe joint arthritis and are a viable alternative for the majority of patients who are considering a joint replacement.

Total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder is often considered to be a straightforward and accepted approach to treatment for those suffering from significant arthritis or injury in these joints.

Joint replacement procedures have become more and more common, and their success rates are reasonable considering the remarkably invasive nature of the procedure (depending on how you define success). It seems that the idea of opening up a large incision in the body and performing a complete replacement of bone has gained a level of acceptance among the general population.

What was once considered a last-resort attempt to maintain joint function has now become something that almost seems inevitable for us as we age.

But what about an alternative that could be just as successful as joint replacement, but with significantly lower risk and dramatically different levels of intrusion into the human body? When comparing two options, wouldn’t a treatment that involves an injection be significantly more attractive than going under the knife / saw and swapping out large amounts of the body’s natural bone tissue with synthetic materials?

Regenexx and Former Orthopedic Surgeon Mitchell Sheinkop decided to find out…

Summary of Findings: Regenexx vs. Joint Replacement

Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop, who is now a Chicago Regenexx Network provider, is an orthopedic surgeon who used to perform many knee and hip replacements. Like some surgeons, he became concerned about the extreme invasiveness of these procedures and significant complications, such as an increased chance for stroke and heart attack with joint replacements, as well as the negative effects of wear particles within artificial joints. As a result, he wanted to compare the Regenexx same day stem cell protocol for hip and knee arthritis patients (which involves injection of the patient’s own stem cells into an arthritic joint) to the data he had collected on joint replacement patients back in 2007. His full knee and hip arthritis stem cell presentation can be viewed here. A few of the key findings are outlined below.

Knee Replacement

  • The Regenexx Same Day Protocol patients had similar physician assessment scores compared to the knee replacement patients at 1 year, with Regenexx edging out the knee replacements (Knee Society Assessment Score)
  • The Regenexx Same Day Protocol patients had significantly better functional scores compared to knee replacement patients at 1 year (Knee Society Function Score)

Hip Replacement

  • 73% of the Regenexx Same Day Protocol hip arthritis patients returned to sporting activities
  • Regenexx Same Day Protocol hip patients ended up with more range of motion than hip replacement patients at 1 year after the procedure
  • Regenexx Same Day Protocol hip arthritis patients had similar functional scores at one year as the hip replacement patient

Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Sheinkop did not perform shoulder replacements and we do not have data comparing shoulder replacement to stem cell patient outcomes as a result of this study.

Infographic on this StudyDr. Sheinkop’s Presentation on this Information

Note: This wasn’t a randomized controlled trial like one would see in drug studies. That’s not yet available for stem cell procedures, nor for joint replacements (believe it or not). In addition, the knee and hip replacement patients in these studies tended to be a bit more impacted at start than the stem cell patients. Finally, this is a comparison of patients treated in 2007 with surgery and patients treated in 2011-13 with stem cells, so while it uses the same metrics for both, the patients weren’t treated side by side.  It should also be noted that we didn’t fund this study, Dr. Sheinkop completed it on his own using his own staff.

Regardless of these caveats, this early study would indicate that when you take into consideration the invasiveness of total joint replacement, stem cell therapy is a very viable option to consider. If the long term results of the two procedures seem to be comparable, then we can assume that the procedure that does NOT involve opening up the body and doing a wholesale amputation and joint replacement would win out in the eyes of the patient. This is very exciting news at Regenexx and we expect to find more data in the months and years ahead that supports our wholehearted belief that the natural tissues of the human body, when coaxed along in the right ways, have huge potential to revolutionize the way we treat joint injuries and chronic arthritis.

Informative Videos on Stem Cell Treatment as an Alternative to Joint Replacement

How it Works

Stem Cell Treatments

Same Day Stem Cell Protocol (USA & International) & Cultured Stem Cell Procedure (Cayman Islands Only)

Adult stem cells are cells from your own body that can renew themselves and turn into other cells (differentiate). They live inside all of us in various tissues, poised to leap into action to repair damage as it occurs. As we age or have big injuries, we may not be able to recruit enough of these cells to the site to fully repair the area. Regenexx Stem Cell Procedures help overcome this problem by extracting stem cells from an area of high volume, then concentrating the cells and reinjecting them into the damaged area to help the body heal naturally.

Our Patented Stem Cell Procedures can be used for a wide range of conditions and are the tool of choice for injuries, arthritis and other conditions that may be more significant than what may be treated with our Platelet Rich Plasma or Platelet Lysate Procedures.

Blood Platelet Treatments

Super Concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma & Advanced Platelet Lysate Procedures (USA & International)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Lysate Injection Treatments contain healing growth components from your own blood that increase your body’s natural ability to repair itself. The use of PRP to repair joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries is becoming well known, thanks to exposure from professional athletes. Platelet injection treatments are effective because they have a stimulating effect on the stem cells within the targeted area, making those stem cells work harder to heal damaged tissues.

Our Advanced Platelet Procedures are more pure and concentrated than those created by the automated machines used at most regenerative medicine clinics. Platelet procedures are commonly used for soft tissue injuries, mild arthritis and spine conditions.

Free Report: 10 Rarely Discussed Facts About Joint Replacement Surgery

Knee and hip replacement surgeries come with many risks and complications. Several years ago we queried the National Sampling System for Medicare and found that in the year 2008 alone, there were 17,500 serious complications related to knee replacement surgery resulting in 5,000 patient deaths.

If joint replacement is an option for you, please take the time to read this report. These 10 facts come from the Regenexx website. Our goal is to provide information that will help you make the right choice for you.

The Most Advanced Orthopedic Stem Cell Protocol in the World

  • 100% Focused on Orthopedic Conditions & Producing the Best Possible Outcomes
  • Up to 20 Times More Stem Cells Than Standard Stem Cell Procedures
  • The Most Researched Stem Cell Protocol for Orthopedic Conditions
  • Image-Guided Cell Injections & Harvesting for Absolute Precision
  • Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells Outperform Fat Derived Cells
  • A Complete Stem Cell Protocol - Not a Single Procedure
  • Annually Published Patient Outcomes and Safety Data

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If you have joint arthritis or other degenerative condition, you may be a good candidate for these procedures. Please complete our Regenexx Procedure Candidate Form or call us at 888-525-3005.

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