Another torn knee meniscus stem cell treatment success! Leslie was first seen by our clinic in March of 2011. I’ll let her tell for own story below, but she was treated at that time with the Regenexx-AD stem cell procedure with a highly accurate injection of her own stem cells under ultrasound guidance directly into the knee meniscus tears as well as buttressing the displaced meniscus with a stem cell containing fat graft. She had a second knee stem cell procedure in June of 2011. Her story below:
How the Centeno Schultz Clinic and Dr Ron Hanson Have helped me get Back to Teaching and Presenting in the Fitness Industry
By Leslee Bender Creator of the Bender method and Bender Ball
Approximately 2 years ago I tore my meniscus in my left knee due to 25 years of overuse training and lack of knowledge of what can happen with high intensity exercise. I sought out a method of healing that would be more permanent than surgery. I discovered Dr Hanson from research on the web and how high the recommendation was! The healing process was not easy as I have very degenerative knees however the results are amazing! My range of motion is nearly what it was years ago and above all the strength has returned.
My job is demanding as I am on feet teaching or on an airplane to the next conference which again takes its toll. However the pain is gone. If you are willing to take the time to go through the process I recommend it whole heartedly as your body is a magnificent machine and will heal when you treat it correctly with the right therapy and diet! Physical therapy is a must to train the muscles and nerves to work correctly so you can do what you love in life! I will keep the process so that I have healthy joints for the rest of my life! And, being athletic it is who I am so water and snow skiing has been experienced!
Can a knee meniscus stem cell procedure repair a meniscus tear? Michael was featured in a prior post based on his healing of a complete ACL tear with just an injection of stem cells and without surgery. At the same time, he also underwent the injection of cells into a meniscus tear. Dr. Hanson just sent me those images, which I placed above. To review, Michael is a 52 year old male with history of a meniscus tear and an ACL tear. He injured both playing basketball and was told that he needed to get the ACL removed and replaced and the meniscus “cleaned up”. Our readers know that “cleaned up” means “chopped out”, so he began looking for a surgery alternative. Dr. Hanson treated his ACL and meniscus tear with the Regenexx-SD procedure. To treat the knee meniscus, he injected stem cells via musculoskeletal ultrasound directly into the meniscus tear. On his images above, note that this approximately 3 month post-op MRI shows a small tear in the meniscus on the left (slight horizontal lighter line in the dark meniscus in white dashed circle, red arrow points to this area in the blow up). In the pictures on the right, the line is gone. The upshot? Why cut out meniscus tissue when you can potentially repair it using an injection?
JS is a middle aged cyclist who was seen in February of this year for an acute meniscus tear. He was already scheduled for surgery to have the torn piece of his meniscus cut out, when his research showed that he may need that meniscus intact some day. As a result, he contacted our clinic and we performed a Regenexx-SCP procedure under ultrasound guidance. In this stem cell cycling knee meniscus repair we took blood from his arm and processed it in such a way as to preserve the circulating blood stem cells as well as his own platelets. His procedure was almost 6 months ago (this is an update) and not only has he had excellent pain relief, but he’s returned to a very active cycling season. This was all done without extended downtime (he had none) and without rehab. He’s wearing his new Regenexx stem cell procedure jersey (see above). We’re thinking of starting a cycling team now with patients who have their knees treated with stem cells and we’re able to avoid knee surgery (see prior cycling patients treated with their own stem cells). They may not yet be able to challenge Lance, but at least they can all claim to have no arthroscopy scars!
JY is a middle aged, ex-Rugby player and now ex-long-distance trail runner who fractured his knee cap about 10 years ago and had a partial menisectomy surgery (knee “clean-up surgery where they removed a portion of a torn meniscus”). He did relatively well until the end of last year when he began getting significant right sided knee pain while he was traveling. His new MRI showed a another meniscus tear, so he signed up for his second meniscus surgery where they removed even more of the damaged meniscus. This time the surgery didn’t work and he needed to get his knee drained a few times due to the swelling after the surgery. After that he also tried hyaluronic acid injections and these didn’t help. He was using a medial unloader brace when we first evaluated him in March of this year. He’s a local veterinarian, so he knew that continuing to surgically remove more and more of his knee meniscus would only lead to more knee arthritis. He had also observed stem cell therapy work in many a dog’s knee, so he figured it was his time to give stem cell shots a try.Since we have been able to help others with a meniscus tear get back to running without the need for more knee surgery, so we thought the stem cell knee injection was a reasonable fit. The patient had two Regenexx-SD stem cell injection procedures into his meniscus tears using ultrasound imaging to guide the knee stem cell injection, MCL, and pes anserine tendons 6 weeks and 3 weeks ago. He sent us this e-mail today in response to his progress thus far:
“doing better, feel my range of motion and pain down 80%…can walk pretty much pain free but cant run yet…will be in june 1 for follow up and explore doing therapy on my left knee..i have given out 5 of your cards, so you have convinced me this is the way to go…”
We hope to get JY back to trail running soon and we’re glad to see that he’s finally experiencing the same types of results for his “dogs” that he’s seen in the dogs he treats!