Krone: After Stem Cell Joint Treatment: “I am Finally Free of Pain Again”

Back on the bike thanks to joint treatment with fat stem cells.

Mr. F. did a lot of sports from an early age. Every year he rode thousands of kilometers with his bike. “I always dreamed of enjoying my retirement on my racing bike,” the passionate sportsman says. Unfortunately, the pain in the knees got worse over the last three years and Mr. F. had to give up his favorite hobby. Even simple daily life tasks such as climbing stairs or having a walk became increasingly challenging.

He underwent meniscus surgery. However, the osteoarthritis in the knees became so painful that he was told that getting a joint prosthesis would be inevitable. “I tried a variety of treatments but nothing seemed to help. It was always only a temporary relief. Getting a foreign object implanted in my body was the last thing I wanted,” he remembers.

Then he saw a TV report about a new treatment with stem cells obtained from body fat. “Stem cells are responsible for repairing the body. In the stem cell treatment we use these ‘repairing cells’ where they are needed, for example, for a damaged knee,” DDr. Heinrich explains. In his clinic in Vienna these treatments are in the main focus.

Scientific studies worldwide show that many patients suffering from osteoarthritis and other joint problems who got treated with their own stem cells showed an increase in mobility and were free of pain. Even damaged cartilage could be regenerated to a certain degree. “All joints, e.g., knees, shoulders, the spine, or even fingers can be treated with this method,” says DDr. Heinrich.

The outpatient treatment of Mr. F was carried out under a local anesthesia. DDr. Heinrich obtained the stem cells from the patient’s own body fat and injected them in the affected area; in his case the damaged knee joints. The patient was able to go home the same day. “Shortly after the treatment, I was free of pain and it stayed like that until this day,” Mr. F. reports happily.

In the period after the treatment the patient took some recovery time. “After a couple of months I slowly started working out again. Last year I was able to cycle 8,500 kilometers. I feel in top shape physically,” the patient tells. “Being able to do sports with my grandchildren again is simply amazing.

DDr. Heinrich shares this sentiment: “Patients with meniscus lesion are often affected by chronic pain and degeneration. If the joint area is free of pain and flexible thanks to the stem cell treatment we can see a huge increase in the quality of the patient’s life.” In Generally, sufficient supply of the joints with the required nutrients is also very important. Special dietary supplement could also be of big help.”

For the future, the motivated patient already has very ambitious plans. This year he wants to go on hikes like in his younger years and he plans to cycle more than 10,000 kilometers!

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich
Landhausgasse 2, A–1010 Vienna.
Phone: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01

Published in Krone Gesund on January 18, 2020.

Krone: What Can I Do for My Joints?

Osteoarthritis and joint problems: Stem cell treatment helps with damaged joints.

Almost one out of six Austrians suffers from joint problems. Pain and restrictions of movement mean a loss of quality of life for the people concerned. Age-related degenerations and physical overstrain in sports, at work, or in daily life, as well as injuries and overweight, can lead to damages on knees, hips, and other joints.

What is there to do when the joints start hurting? Getting professional help to avoid further damage is the first step. The clinic of DDr. Heinrich is focusing on gentle, regenerative treatments of the affected areas. DDr. Heinrich explains what we can do for our joints and which new forms of treatments are offered in this field.

DDr. Heinrich treats joints with stem cells from body fat.

I am suffering from joint pains – what can I do now?

DDr. Heinrich: Pain, crackling, and stiffness are warning signs of the body that damage in the joint might occur. It is advisable to get an X-ray or an MRI to clarify the causes. When diagnosed with osteoarthritis or degeneration it is important to take measures right away. Your own joints should be preserved for as long as possible.

Are there alternative joint treatments to avoid getting a joint prosthesis?

DDr. Heinrich: Treatments with the body’s own stem cells can help with joint degeneration and osteoarthritis. Stem cells are responsible for tissue repairs in the body. There are a particularly large number of stem cells in body fat. During the treatment, we inject stem cells which are obtained from the patient’s body fat and injected where regeneration is needed.

The goal is to relieve pain and regain lost mobility. Stressful operations under general anesthetics, a joint prosthesis and the complex rehabilitation processes following such treatments should be avoided. All joints can be treated with this new method: knees, hips, ankles, the spine and joints of the hands and feet.

How does the treatment with fat stem cells work when suffering from osteoarthritis?

DDr. Heinrich: The treatment of osteoarthritis and cartilage damage with stem cells is carried out using a special, minimally-invasive technique: A small amount of body fat is obtained by liposuction; the stem cells contained in the body fat are used to treat the affected joint. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can be sent home immediately after the procedure.

The joint treatment with stem cells is done under local anesthesia. Therefore, it also offers a gentle alternative for patients for whom general anesthesia is not an option. A generally stable state of health is required, there is no age limit.

What can I do to prevent my joints from degeneration and damage?

DDr. Heinrich: For prevention or in case of minor complaints, protection and a change of lifestyle habits are recommended. At the same time, it is important to supply the body with the necessary nutrients. I recommend taking suitable supplements for a few months. If the body has enough of the necessary components, it can keep the bones and tissue intact.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich
Landhausgasse 2, A–1010 Vienna.
Phone: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01

Published in Krone Gesund on October 8, 2019.

Krone: Being Able to Move Without Pain Again!

Patients report: Osteoarthritis of the knee – Thanks to stem cell treatment a patient got rid of her joint problems

Mrs. K. was always very active. Cycling, Nordic walking, and gardening were her favorite hobbies. But an accident changed her life. As a result, the now 76-year-old suffered from severe pain in both knees for almost a decade and was barely able to climb the two floors to her apartment without help. Then she decided to get her joints treated with her body own stem cells.

When Mrs. K. works in her garden or rides the bike, the past few years seem like from another life. At that time, her knee problems massively restricted the formerly active and cheerful pensioner. Sport was out of the question, dealing with everyday life became a problem.

Mrs. K. underwent various treatments and therapies over the years, which unfortunately did not help. Arthroscopy also brought no relief. “I was in pain even when I wasn’t moving. I was therefore often unable to sleep at night,” she recalls. “The complaints were getting worse and there was a risk of having to get artificial knee joints.”

Mrs. K. happened to learn about a new treatment method using the body’s own stem cells. Then she consulted the Viennese doctor DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich. “Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body fat and used to treat osteoarthritis and cartilage damage. The healing potential of these specific cells has been proven worldwide by scientific studies,” the doctor explains. Treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia; the patients are able to go home immediately after the procedure.

Improvement of Complaints

The method is basically suitable for the treatment of all joints, the knees, hips, fingers, feet, and the spine. Many patients who were treated in international in clinical studies because of joints problems noticed an improvement of the pain and the flexibility of the joints.

In the weeks after the treatment Mrs. K’s joint problems continuously improved: “After just a few days I was able to sleep at night without pain. For me that is a huge gain in quality of life,” the satisfied patient reports. She has been working in her beloved garden for a long time now again and spends her free time looking for mushrooms in the mountains. “I’m also free of pain when walking downhill,” the active senior says.

DDr. Heinrich is happy about the recovery of his patient: “Stem cell treatment of damaged joints could preserve the natural joints of many people affected and save them from stressful operations under general anesthesia,” the doctor says.

DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich
Landhausgasse 2, A–1010 Vienna.
Phone: ☎ +43 1 532 18 01

Published in Krone Gesund on September 21, 2019.

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,

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,

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. K. 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. K. 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. K. 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. K.’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. K. was able to leave the clinic on her own two feet. The next day she came back for check-up.

Mrs. K. 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. K. 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. K. 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,

Published in Krone Gesund on February 23, 2019.

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

Mrs. V. 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. V. 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. V. can dance again.

The stem cell treatment of Mrs. V. was carried out as a small surgical procedure under local anesthesia. About two weeks later, Mrs. V. 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.”


DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich,
1010 Vienna, Landhausgasse 2,
Phone: +43 1 532 18 01,

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,

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,

Published in Unsere Generation on July 3, 2018.