Krone: Stem Cells for the Joints – Common Questions

Problems with the knee, hip, or spine often lead to a massive reduction in the quality of life. A new method of treatment can help relieve the symptoms.

People suffering from joint problems are affected by pain and lost mobility in everyday life. Walking, climbing stairs, writing, and household activities are more or less a big challenge. Getting free of pain and being able to do sports again appears as an unrealizable dream.

Injection therapies and physiotherapy often only provide temporary relief. An artificial joint prosthesis seems to be the only available solution. However, some patients have reservations about the lengthy operation and extensive follow-up. A new treatment method with stem cells from the patient’s own fat tissue can cause a natural regeneration of the joint, DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, doctor from Vienna, reports.

Hope for those suffering from pain: Have causes clarified as quickly as possible, seek professional support

Stem cells are considered a great hope in medicine. How can stem cells obtained from body fat help in the treatment of the above problems?

DDr. Heinrich: I have been working with body fat since 1994. For some years we treat joints with stem cells from the fat deposits of those affected. My experience is consistent with the results of clinical trials carried out around the world: Patients treated for cartilage damage and osteoarthritis on their knees, hips, or other joints showed improvement in pain and mobility.

By transplanting the body’s own fat stem cells to the defective body parts, we support the natural ability to regenerate. In many cases joint function can be preserved and patients’ quality of life is enhanced.

Which diseases of the joints can be treated with this new method?

DDr. Heinrich: Age-related wear and sports injuries are the main reasons for pain and limited mobility. These problems are called osteoarthritis and cartilage damage. In the knee, meniscal damage often causes wear on the cartilage even in younger years.

Successful fat stem cell treatment can preserve the natural joint. This would save many people a path of suffering that often ends with an artificial joint replacement. Stem cell treatment is possible on all joints (knee, hip, shoulder, hand, spine).

How do procedure and aftercare work?

DDr. Heinrich: I first harvest a small amount of body fat in local anesthesia. This fat contains the stem cells. Subsequently, I inject these in the area of the joints to be treated. The patients are discharged home thereafter and return for check-up the next day. Protection of the joint is important to allow it to regenerate. However, patients can be spared the elaborate rehabilitation typically associated with conventional surgery.

Frequently asked question: I suffer from osteoarthritis of my knees and hips, but I am already 78 years old. Is treatment possible in higher age?

DDr. Heinrich: The stem cell treatment is basically suitable for adults of all ages with a stable state of health. It also offers people an option for whom surgery under general anesthesia is not indicated or who reject an artificial joint replacement.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
Contact: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01,
info@ddrheinrich.com

Published in Krone on June 4, 2019.

Medianet: Stem Cells for the Joints

Vienna. Almost every sixth Austrian has joint problems, often caused by wear and tear or sports injuries. Those affected suffer from pain and reduced mobility. Now, medicine has come a significant step closer to its goal of regenerating damaged joints, using stem cells from the body’s own adipose tissue.

“It has been known for about ten years that body fat contains stem cells that are responsible for the healing of tissue,” reports the Viennese physician Karl-Georg Heinrich. “By transplanting the patient’s own fat stem cells, we support this natural healing mechanism,” he explains. The stem cell joint treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis. (red)

Published in Medianet on May 3, 2019.

Krone: Stem Cells Make Joints Fit Again

Thanks to a new treatment method, many patients can be spared a stressful surgery.

Nowadays almost one in six people in Austria suffers from joint problems. Stem cell injections from the patient’s own adipose tissue can relieve discomfort.

Those affected from joint problems complain about severe pain and movement restrictions due to wear and injuries – usually in the knees or hips. But medicine has come a long way towards achieving the goal of regenerating damaged joints, using stem cells from the body’s own adipose tissue.

“For about 10 years, we know that body fat contains stem cells that play an important role in the healing of tissue,” says DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich from Vienna. Everybody has a large supply of these special cells in the body’s fat deposits. The medical benefit of body fat is in the focus of DDr. Heinrich’s work in his clinic in Vienna.

Worldwide, the regenerative potential of fat stem cells for the treatment of joint problems such as osteoarthritis or cartilage damage is being investigated in clinical trials. Researchers found that many patients experienced an improvement in pain symptoms and mobility after having received a stem cell treatment. “By transplanting the affected person’s fat stem cells to the damaged joint, we support a natural healing mechanism and help the body remedy the cause of the problem,” explains DDr. Heinrich. As a result, damaged joints can regenerate up to a certain level. This not only works for knee or hip joints, but also for all other joints (such as fingers, shoulders, and the spine).

The Treatment

Under local anesthesia, the doctor obtains a small amounts of the patient’s body fat. Immediately afterwards the stem cells contained in the body are injected in the areas to be treated. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is then discharged home. The next day the patient comes for a check-up.

“Ideally, as a result of the stem cell treatment, the pain subsides and the joint becomes mobile again,” says the doctor. This is confirmed by international scientific studies.

This therapy is basically suitable for adults of all ages and with a good general state of health. For those affected, the regained mobility means a gain in autonomy and quality of life.

“Treating the damaged body parts with autologous stem cells could help many patients retain their natural joints,” says DDr. Heinrich. This would save people who suffer from osteoarthritis and joint damage from undergoing stressful surgeries under general anesthesia and the associated long period of time needed for recovery.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
Contact: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01,
info@ddrheinrich.com

Published in Krone on April 2, 2019.

Krone: Knee Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Treatment: Climbing Stairs Without Pain!

How a stem cell treatment eliminated a long-standing knee problem

Mrs. Kienreich wanted to enjoy her retirement to the fullest. Knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, however, limited her plans. After a treatment of her knee joints with stem cells from her own body fat, she is now fully agile and has regained her quality of life.

The patient suffered from wear-related knee problems for years and they worsened with age. Pain and reduced mobility caused her great difficulties in household chores and physical activities: “I climbed stairs like a three-year-old child – from one step to the next,” Mrs. Kienreich recalls. She also had to cancel her hobby Nordic Walking from her daily program. When she finally woke up at night due to knee pain, she started looking for medical help.

X-ray and MR examination revealed cartilage damage in both knees. Knee replacement surgery was proposed to her, but Mrs. Kienreich wanted to avoid that. Physiotherapy provided relief only for a short period of time. Finally, she read about a new treatment option in the newspaper: Successful treatment of joint problems with stem cells from the patient’s body fat.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, who focuses on body fat and the stem cells contained therein, says, “Stem cells are responsible for the healing of injuries or damage in the body. As part of the treatment, stem cells are taken from a body’s own deposit – in this case adipose tissue – and are injected where regeneration is needed: In the affected joints.”

By now, several scientific papers have proved the potential of this method. For several years it has been a worldwide research topic for the treatment of joint problems such as osteoarthritis. It turned out that damage to knees, hips, and other joints can actually be regenerated up to a certain degree.

“With an ideal course the symptoms will subside, which also improves mobility. Patients can be spared getting surgeries followed by a long hospitalization and rehabilitation period,” says DDr. Heinrich.

Mrs. Kienreich’s knee treatment was carried out by DDr. Heinrich on an outpatient basis. First, he obtained a small amount of the patient’s body fat by liposuction. The stem cells contained in the fat were injected during the same procedure under local anesthesia in the area of the defective knee joints. Ms. Kienreich was able to leave the clinic on her own two feet. The next day she came back for check-up.

Mrs. Kienreich can climb stairs again – DDr. Heinrich is satisfied with the knee of the patient after check-up

Already a few weeks after the treatment Mrs. Kienreich noticed an improvement of her knee problems. “Today I am free of pain and my joints are as mobile as they have not been for a long time,” the patient reports happily. Meanwhile she has been able to climb stairs in her house without problems, to sleep through restful nights, and even to do sports for a long time: “I walk for over an hour with my neighbors almost every day and I enjoy the time in nature!”

“Being mobile again gives joint patients more autonomy and enables them to better participate in social life,” DDr. Heinrich is pleased with the recovery of his patient. When Mrs. Kienreich regained her mobility, also her zest for life returned: She wants to go swimming again and is already planning a voyage in Russia. She attributes the recovery of her quality of life to the fat stem cells.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
Contact: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01,
info@ddrheinrich.com

Published in Krone Gesund on February 23, 2019.

Wiener Bezirksblatt: Stem Cell Joint Treatment: “I Can Dance Again!”

Mrs. Vogel has always been very agile. But severe knee pain limited the vital elderly lady a lot and forced her to give up her hobbies. “I always used to be out of the house, I loved dancing and strolling through the city. Having to stop these activities because of joint pain was very hard for me,” Mrs. Vogel looks back. An artificial joint and surgery under general anesthesia did not come into consideration.

Doctor. DDr. Heinrich says: “Treating damaged joints with stem cells could help many people to achieve a better quality of life.”

Then she learned about an alternative treatment: Stem cells contained in body fat can contribute to the regeneration of damaged joints. “The transplantation of the body’s own stem cells apparently supports the body’s ability to heal itself in case of joint problems,” DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich explains. “In many cases this treatment can relieve pain, restore flexibility, and help preserve the natural function of the joints.”

Small Surgery

Free of pain. After a treatment with fat stem cells Mrs. Vogel can dance again.

The stem cell treatment of Mrs. Vogel was carried out as a small surgical procedure under local anesthesia. About two weeks later, Mrs. Vogel was completely free of pain and fully mobile. Recently she attended a ball and reports happily: “Even when dancing the fast boogie-woogie, I could easily keep up with my legs.”

Information

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
1010 Vienna, Landhausgasse 2,
Phone: +43 1 532 18 01,
E-mail: info@ddrheinrich.com,
www.stammzelltherapie-wien.com

Published in Wiener Bezirksblatt on January 30, 2019.

Krone: Fat Stem Cell Knee Treatment: “I Ride My Bike Again!”

After a treatment of his knee joint with stem cells, star hairdresser Karl “Charly” Plasil is free of pain.

Charly Plasil was always on his feet, be it at leisure in sports or in his salon. Pain in the knee put an end to his sporting ambitions. This was almost two years ago. Back then he decided to undergo a knee treatment with his own fat stem cells, which helped him to regain mobility and freedom from pain until today.

When Mr. Plasil is cycling on his mountain bike today, nobody would guess that this has not always been the case. Retrospect: As a compensation for his standing profession the hairdresser enjoyed doing sports in the nature in his free time: In the warm season on his bike, in the winter on the slopes. “One day I felt pain in my knee, which got worse and worse. I could not bend my knee and I could not do any more sports,” Charly Plasil remembers.

Pain in the knees, hips, fingers, and other joints is often a sign of joint wear or inflammation. Protection of the affected joints and visiting the doctor are recommendable. Charly Plasil left nothing undone: “I got several treatments for knee osteoarthritis and also did physical therapy and massages, but no avail.” He wanted to avoid painkillers, artificial joints, and general anesthesia.

By chance, he learned about a gentle alternative from a customer. The physician DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich told him that the regenerative power of stem cells from body fat has been investigated in clinical studies worldwide for several years. The researchers found that after a stem cell treatment joint damage, such as wear, regenerated to a certain extent in the treated patients. International scientific studies prove the therapeutic potential of this treatment method.

“The patient’s stem cells transplanted to the damaged joint enhance the natural ability to regenerate and help the body remedy the cause of the joint disease on its own,” the Vienna-based doctor DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich explains. “In the ideal case, subsequently the pain subsides and the joint becomes mobile again.” In his clinic, founded in 1994, the physician focuses on the medical use of body fat and stem cells contained therein.

The patient saw a new treatment option in the joint treatment with stem cells from his own fat and decided to undergo treatment in DDr. Heinrich’s clinic. Some body fat was taken from the patient under local anesthesia. The stem cells contained in the fat were immediately injected in the area of ​​the affected knee. After that Mr. Plasil could leave the clinic. The next day he came back for a check-up.

A few weeks later, the patient was able to strain the knee without pain and move it without any restrictions: “I was feeling as well as I felt before the knee pain appeared, so I was able to take on my daily routine as in the old days. I have been doing sports again for almost two years now, I am just a little more cautious.” This summer, too, he enjoyed the beautiful weather cycling on his mountain bike.

“Natural joints of many patients could be preserved by timely treatment of damaged joints with stem cells,” explains DDr. Heinrich. This would save patients who suffer from osteoarthritis and joint damage from stressful surgeries and the associated long downtime.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
Contact: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01, info@ddrheinrich.com

Published in Krone Gesund on September 29, 2018.

Unsere Generation: Finally Cycling Again!

Repairing damaged joints with stem cells

Pain in the joints quickly puts an end to sporting ambitions. A therapy with stem cells can help those affected to become more mobile again – and thereby increase zest for life.

The warm season makes you want to exercise outdoors. But the pleasure quickly ends when the hips, ankles, or knees hurt. Often these are signs of weakening or inflammation of a joint. Strains such as during sports can lead to further damage. If protection and appropriate therapy do not lead to an improvement in the long term, the damaged joint needs to be replaced by an artificial joint.

In certain cases, there is a gentle alternative to joint replacement surgery: Stem cells from body fat can contribute to the regeneration of damaged joints. “By transplanting the patient’s stem cells to the damaged joint we can help the body to remedy the cause of the joint problem. Consequently, the patient’s natural joint can be preserved,” explains the Vienna-based doctor DDr. Heinrich.

Celebrity hairdresser Karl Plasil enjoys cycling on the mountain bike without pain after stem cell therapy. DDr. Heinrich: “The therapy supports the body to remedy the cause of the joint problem.”

In the course of the treatment, which is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, a small amount of fat is harvested. The stem cells separated thereby are injected directly into the area of the affected joint. “For people with limited mobility and chronic joint pain, increased mobility and pain relief mean increased quality for life,” says DDr. Heinrich.

More information: DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, Phone: +43 1 532 18 01, www.stemcelltherapy.cc

Published in Unsere Generation on July 3, 2018.

Wiener Bezirksblatt: Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Problems

Driving the Car Again

Ottilie Ebner suffered from pain in the wrist for a long time. For decades she had worked as a nurse. In her job she has put too much stress on her hands. Everyday life became a problem.

Writing. In search of a suitable therapy, she consulted the Viennese doctor DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich. “Ms. Ebner could not even write anymore,” says the doctor. He proposed a stem cell treatment to Ottilie Ebner. In the course of the treatment a small amount of the patient’s fat was harvested. The so-called mesenchymal stem cells contained therein were then injected in the area of the affected wrist. A few weeks later, the hand was free of pain. “Today, the patient is able to write again and drive a car,” says DDr. Heinrich.

Free of pain. Mrs. Ebner underwent treatment of the pain in her wrist by Dr. Heinrich. Heinrich. Stem cell therapy helped.

Wear and tear. “Pain is often a sign of wear or inflammation of the joint. Exercise, such as sports, can further damage affected joints,” the doctor explains. “In addition to protection, the treatment of the joint problem is the first priority.”

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, MD
Phone: +43 1 532 18 01

Published in Wiener Bezirksblatt on July 2, 2018.

Krone: Knee Treatment with Fat Stem Cells: “I Can Dance Again!”

A 79-year-old woman reports about the success of her knee treatment with fat stem cells

Ms. Vogel has always been very agile, be it when dancing or traveling around the world. Terrible knee pain severely restricted the vital 79-year-old and forced her to give up her hobbies. After a successful treatment of the knee osteoarthritis with her own fat stem cells she is now able to walk again without pain.

The pain in the knee progressively worsened over the years. “I was always on my feet, strolling in the town, dancing passionately – having to give it up was very stressful for me,” Gertraude Vogel looks back. After all, Ms. Vogel could hardly take care of the household because of her painful knee wear. Everyday life became a challenge.

The active senior did not want to accept this situation. Artificial joint replacement and surgery under general anesthesia were out of the question for her. Then she learned of a gentle alternative: Stem cells contained in body fat can contribute to the regeneration of damaged joints, as proven by scientific studies worldwide.

Every human has a large supply of their own stem cells, which can be used to treat joints such as hips, knees, and fingers. As a result of the treatment, damaged joint structures, such as worn cartilage, can regenerate to some degree.

Clinical studies prove efficacy. “The transplantation of the body’s own stem cells apparently supports the body’s ability to heal itself in case of joint problems,” explains the Vienna-based doctor DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich. His clinic, founded in 1994, focuses on body fat and its components. “With this treatment, one can relieve pain in many cases, restore joint mobility, and keep natural joints functional,” the physician says. In the meantime, numerous clinical studies on patients from all over the world confirm the effectiveness of the method.

The stem cell joint treatment of Ms. Vogel was a small surgical procedure under local anesthesia. First, a small amount of the patient’s body fat was harvested by means of a thin cannula. During the procedure stem cells were separated from it and immediately injected in the area of the affected joint. After that, Ms. Vogel was released home. The next day, she returned for the check-up.

After the treatment, the knee pain gradually decreased. About two weeks later, Ms. Vogel was completely free of pain and fully mobile. The rest pain in the knee had disappeared. “I can now stand on my feet and cook without any problems,” the satisfied patient reports. She is now able to masters her everyday life again.

In the ball season, the “dress rehearsal” for Ms. Vogel came: After the long pain-related break, she attended a dance event. To her great joy, she was able to dance almost as she did in her youth and enjoy the evening on the dance floor without pain. Ms. Vogel reports happily: “I could easily keep up with my legs even in the fast boogie-woogie.”

Her doctor DDr. Heinrich is pleased with the recovery of his patient: “A timely treatment of damaged joints with stem cells could help many younger and older patients to improve their quality of life.” Ms. Vogel also owes new zest for life to the regained mobility: Next she wants to fulfill her dream and travel to Morocco…

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
Contact Clinic: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01, info@ddrheinrich.com

Published in Krone Gesund on May 25, 2018.

Patient Report on Knee Treatment with Stem Cells

Our patient underwent a treatment of the knee joint with stem cells from his body fat. Since then almost one and a half years have passed. The following interview with the patient gives an insight into his story: Why did he decide to undergo this surgery? How did he experience his treatment? What has changed in his life after the procedure?

Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis prior to the joint treatment with your own stem cells? Or did you just experience pain in the joint whose cause was unknown?

Osteoarthritis, confirmed by several arthroscopies.

In case it had been osteoarthritis, how far had it progressed when it got treated with stem cells?

I remember that the wear was at a rather advanced stage and the doctors recommended an artificial joint.

To what extent have you been restricted by your pain in your everyday life?

Dramatically. The knee hurt even when at rest. Driving my car, climbing stairs, and standing were almost impossible.

Was treatment of the pain unavoidable for you?

Yes, because I could no longer climb stairs and limped, not to mention sports.

Did the doctors try to treat your pain by other means such as cortisone or  hyaluronic acid injections? Or was the stem cell treatment your first choice?

I have tried various treatments before my stem cell treatment, including arthroscopic surgery, but to no avail. Then my way led me to DDr. Heinrich, who treated the affected knee with my own stem cells.

Were your joint problems at such an advanced stage that you would have had to get an artificial joint as an alternative?

I was probably advised to get an artifical joint, but I did not want that.

Was your treatment carried out on an outpatient basis?

Yes, under local anesthesia.

Did your doctor give you specific instructions for the days following the procedure? Have you been prescribed bed rest or similar?

I was mobile immediately after surgery and I got the advice to avoid painful activities.

How long did you have to wait for your knee to fully recover after the treatment?

After three weeks I was able to do sports and after four weeks skiing.

When did you first see signs of improvement in your joint after the treatment? How did you notice these?

After two weeks. The pain slowly declined.

Which positive changes (e.g., being able to climb stairs more easily, running more easily)?

Climbing stairs was much easier, especially when climbing up the stairs. I did not want to run because I wanted to avoid straining the knee. The mobility of the knee generally improved.

Are you still satisfied with the result of the procedure? Or, for example, are you still experiencing joint pain or other discomfort in your knee?

Yes, I am still very satisfied. For almost one and a half years I have been free of pain and fully mobile again.

Can you move your knee without restrictions in everyday life?

Yes, both in everyday professional life as well as in sports during leisure time.

Have you been treated with stem cells only once, or did you undergo repeat treatments?

Once only.

Has the result of your procedure been positive to such an extent that you believe you will not have to get an artificial joint in your life?

Yes, I hope so.

Did you feel at risk when deciding to undergo the stem cell treatment since stem cell therapy is rather new and there is no guarantee for long-term success?

No, because only my own cells have been injected, no chemical substances with unknown side effects. And there are no treatment guarantees or long-term guarantees anyway.

Have you changed your behavior since your stem cell treatment? For example, do you do more exercise or take care of your knee through various measures?

I am doing sports again like in the past. I am just a little more careful.

In summary, do you think treating your knee with your own stem cells was the right treatment for your pain and limitations?

Yes, absolutely.

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