Stem cells from one’s own body fat provide a new treatment option for osteoarthritis, cartilage damage, and sports injuries. Knee joints, hip joints, as well as the joints of the shoulders, hands, and fingers can be treated. The stem cell therapy is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The aim of the treatment is to relieve pain and restore mobility.
At a Glance
- Surgery duration: 1 to 3 hours (outpatient)
- Anesthesia: Exclusively local anesthesia (tumescent anesthesia)
- Mobility: Directly after surgery
- Preliminary examinations: Blood test, X-ray/MRI of the joint, further examinations depending on the patiepent’s state of health
- Check-ups: To be arranged on an individual basis
As a consequence of overweight and excessive stress during sports, many people already suffer from joint problems such as cartilage damage, joint wear, osteoarthritis, and injuries at a relatively young age. In most cases, the knee, shoulder and finger joints are affected, and in older persons, also the hip joints and spine.
Apart from weight loss, only physiotherapy, special training or symptomatic pain therapy are recommended for diseases described in medicine as osteoarthritis (also known as arthritis, degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthrosis). Subsequently, the progress is observed. If the condition worsens, an artificial joint (joint implant) is inserted.
However, an artificial joint can never replace a natural one. Surgery lasting several hours under general anesthesia is complicated, laborious and expensive. In many cases, blood transfusions are necessary.
Using Stem Cells for Osteoarthritis, Deteriorated Cartilages and Joint Problems
The regenerative powers of stem cells have been used in veterinary medicine for some time now. Racehorses and dogs suffering from joint problems and sports injuries are treated with stem cells obtained from the fat of these animals. Stem cells extracted from the animals’ autologous fat appear to be suited for the regeneration of damaged joints, bones and cartilages.
Results from studies on humans sound promising: Patients treated with stem cells from autologous fat stated that they suffered less pain and that their mobility had increased considerably. If damaged joints are treated early with stem cells, patients could be given a better quality of life and furthermore be spared the necessity of having an artificial joint for the time being.
In my hair salon, I am constantly on my feet. This has put my knees on my knees and I suffered from pain. I wanted to avoid knee surgers and therefore decided to undergo the treatment with fat stem cells. Now I am free of pain and able to ski and bike again. I recommend Clinic DDr. Heinrich®.
Stem cells and progenitor cells of the connective tissue, so-called mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), may play a pivotal role in the regeneration of deteriorated cartilages, bones and joints. Every person has enough of these vital cells, since fat tissue contains them in large quantities. Artificial reproduction of them in laboratories is therefore unnecessary.
Stem Cell Therapy for Sports Injuries
For torn muscle fibers and also extremely painful sports injuries requiring a longer healing period, there are indications that stem cells have the potential to speed up regeneration and healing.
During treatment, a small quantity of fat is extracted with microcannulas, using local anesthesia, from which the stem cells are then isolated. Immediately afterwards, the stem cells are usually injected into the joint area affected or injured areas, for example, on knees, hips, hands, or fingers. Treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis. The patient is fully mobile afterwards.
For 20 years, I suffered from knee pain and had to give up dancing and traveling. I read about the stem cell treatment in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich® in the newspaper. The doctor and his staff cared for me in a very competent and empathic way. About two weeks after the procedure, I noticed a significant improvement. On a ball I could dance without pain again and enjoy the evening on the dance floor! I am grateful for this increase in well-being.
I have always been athletic. 30 years ago, I first felt a stinging pain in my knees. The pain increasingly troubled me. I wanted to be more mobile again. That is why I underwent knee treatment with my own fat stem cells in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. Since then my joint problem has improved significantly. The next day I was practically free of pain and that’s how it stayed. In the meantime, I even ride my racing bike again!
My knee problems started about 5 years ago. I felt pain when walking, standing, and finally even at rest. First, I tried autologous blood treatments, but the pain kept coming back. However, after having been treated with stem cells by DDr. Heinrich, I was able to walk well again after 3 months. Now I am already looking forward to a few small trips in the next years.
For about 20 years I suffered from pain in the joints on my hands and knees. I lacked sensitivity in my hands and fingers. The pain in my legs caused me problems while jogging. Then I learned about the treatment with my fat stem cells. Shortly after the small procedure the pain had almost completely gone. I am particularly pleased by the new sensitivity in my fingers. I am very satisfied!
I play basketball since I was young. Unfortunately, I had to quit the National League season prematurely because of knee pain. Conventional treatments did not lead to improvement. Then I saw my chance with fat stem cells. Today I am working on my comeback. I am very happy about the result and the way I was treated by DDr. Heinrich and his team.
I have always done a lot of sports and worked for the special unit Cobra. Since the diagnosis of “cartilage damage” in my knee I could no longer walk and play tennis. After a stem cell treatment carried out by DDr. Heinrich I was on the road of recovery: After 3 weeks I had no more pain while lying in the bed. I am very happy that I am able to sleep without taking pain killers!
After meniscus surgery, I suffered from knee pain for 3 years. Every day I needed help in the household and when shopping. I immediately felt in good hands in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. About a month after the knee treatment with my stem cells, I noticed a significant relief of my pain, especially when walking. Many thanks to DDr. Heinrich and his team!
Work in the construction business and on my farm has caused damage of my hip over the years. For about 20 years, I was so restricted that I even had to retire. I also could no longer pursue equitation in my free time. About two to three weeks after the hip treatment with my own fat stem cells I noticed an improvement. Now I can take longer walks without pain. I would do the procedure again anytime.
The regenerative effect should begin in the weeks following treatment. A potential repeat treatment session would take place several months after the initial treatment, depending on the extent of symptom improvements.
Kindly note that no guarantees or promise of cure can be given in medicine generally; this also applies to advanced treatments such as stem cell therapy. Although we carry out your surgery with the greatest care and have achieved excellent results in part with stem cell treatment, adult stem cells are not a universal remedy.
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This page serves the purpose of information only and is not to be understood as medical advice. We would like to expressly point out that a cure cannot be guaranteed. Stem cell therapy is an advanced procedure, which has only recently been applied worldwide and for which the long-term studies and reliable documentation on successes, risks and side effects required for a recognized procedure are not yet available.
The legislation on stem cell therapies and conducting of new therapies varies from country to country worldwide. In our clinic in Austria we only carry out the treatments permitted under the applicable legal situation. For other treatments we have worldwide contacts in our cooperation network and can support the selection of specialized medical facilities abroad.