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 nearly forty years I suffered from constant pain in the knees, which restricted me in my house work and job. A few weeks after the treatment with my stem cells I noticed a clear improvement: In one knee, I am practically free of pain, in the other knee I occasionally still have slight limitations. I am happy that I have regained my independence in everyday life.
I had pain in my fingers for some years already, especially in my left index finger. The painful wear of my joints posed a problem for me when I was working out. Hard work in the garden was impossible. Since the stem cell treatment I feel an improvement in my fingers! I have the already recommended Clinic DDr. Heinrich® and would undergo the intervention again at any time.
For about one and a half years I suffered from pain when walking long distances. Injection of painkillers unfortunately only helped for a short time. DDr. Heinrich treated the knee osteoarthritis with my own fat stem cells. After the small outpatient procedure, my knee pain subsided. In the meantime, I can walk free of pain again. I recommend the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®.
I had permanent pain in the knees and the spine and could only walk short distances. Hiking, skiing, and cycling were impossible. My relatives often helped me at home. I felt in good hands in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. After the procedure my condition got better and better. The knees barely hurt after 3 weeks, the pain in the spine faded. I am very glad that I can go for light walks again!
My joint problems started with two surgeries, after which I could hardly bend my knee. This limited me in playing football. I decided to get a stem cell treatment at the Viennese doctor DDr. Heinrich. After a while, I was free of pain and could bend my foot again. Now I have no more pain at all. I am very thankful for this second chance.
For two years my knees hurt while walking and doing sports. I knew DDr. Heinrich from a successful treatment 20 years ago and consulted him with my problem. DDr. Heinrich treated my aching knees with my own stem cells, which he extracted from body fat. Since the procedure I am free from knee pain. I am looking forward to a future with sport and fun.
Drei Jahre lang litt ich unter Schmerzen in den Hüftgelenken. Ich konnte nur mühsam Spazieren, Wandern und Schwimmen und musste in der Arbeit sitzen. Infiltrationen brachten leider keine Linderung. Dann erfuhr ich von DDr. Heinrich und seiner Stammzelltherapie. Ich entschied mich für die Hüftbehandlung mit Stammzellen und bin heute glücklich über das Ergebnis. Die Schmerzen sind praktisch gänzlich verschwunden!
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.