Can stem cells be a high tibial osteotomy alternative? AG was a 37 year old man first seen by our clinic in October of 2010. He underwent the Regenexx-AD knee procedure for knee arthritis at that time. For those that don’t know, a high tibial osteotomy (a.k.a. HTO surgery) is a big open surgery where a wedge of bone is removed to level a joint that has been ravaged by one sided arthritis. The concept is that it will buy the patient time. The downside is that it’s a very big and invasive procedure. Rather than delving into medical details, this is a letter we just received from him today, and while miracle is a subjective word and not all patients will experience the same result, I think it says more than I could:
“First, I would like to say a personal thank you for being so helpful and so patient with me throughout the procedures.
I went to Regenexx in early 2010 for the first time, as I was honestly running out of options. I can tell you today with 100 percent certainty that this was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made! For someone to understand this, they must first see where I was prior.
In 2005, I suffered a meniscus tear. As a result of that, I ended up having to go through menisectomy.
Well they ended up removing half my meniscus, and guess what? I got arthritis within two years. Not only that but I started [to become] bowed legged. The surgeon thought that tibial osteotomy would be a good idea. He said that this would help and that it might last for a maximum of ten years before having to do knee replacement surgery. I could not run or even walk for long periods of time. This meant I would have to give up my job, a career I’ve worked at for over a decade. I wouldn’t be able to support my family. I couldn’t play with my little girl the way I wanted to.
All this was going through my head when I thought I would try something that was surely too good to be true. Surely, if this procedure works my doctor would have told me about it?! I knew I was out of options and I would have to go give it a shot. So hoping for a miracle I went to Denver..Regenexx.
The results I got were nothing short of a miracle. I now have no pain, I walk, run workout with weights as much as I want, hike etc. even as I experience this I am in disbelief and eternally grateful for having the opportunity and means to do this. For the Regenexx team I thank God everyday for guiding me to them, and I thank my wife, for supporting me throughout my journey.”
We don’t perform miracles, but we are passionate about finding new ways to help patients in pain.
About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…