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Can you strengthen meniscal cartilage with stem cells?

Can you strengthen meniscal cartilage with stem cells?

Yes: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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I am in the initial stages of Osteo. R there new technologies i.e., stem cell 2 repair minor cartilage damage? R/O RA. Dr. does not foresee surgery.

I am in the initial stages of Osteo. R there new technologies i.e., stem cell 2  repair minor cartilage damage? R/O RA. Dr. does not foresee surgery.

Many Options: There are many different options for stem cell therapies in the US. I would suggest you evaluate all of them thoroughly before choosing. So far the only Physician Network that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is the Regenexx Stem Cell Network. They have treated over 10,000 patients in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read more

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How far are we from developing a technique to regenerate cartilage in RA patients by stem cells or some other method, one decade or more ?

How far are we from developing a technique to regenerate cartilage in RA patients by stem cells or some other method, one decade or more ?

Probably: Stem cell therapy shows great promise in treating a wide variety of diseases including ra. Clinical studies are underway (mostly outside the us- regulations regarding blood product harvest and use are arduous in the states) and should they prove safe and effective over time they may prove a viable treatment option. I think your estimate of one to several decades before widespread use is likely. ...Read more

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I have delaminated cartilage in my hip. Can injecting stem cells help re-attach cartilage to the bone?

Uncertain: I'm not sure about the term delaminated cartilage but it sounds like there may be some Cartlidge damage. If it has detached from the bone it's not clear whether it will reattach with stem cells. This is a field where there is a lot research and it may be best for you to have your physician help you contact one of those who is involved with stem cell research ...Read more

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I have no meniscus and no cartilage in my left knee. Will stem cell therapy help me?

I have no meniscus and no cartilage in my left knee. Will stem cell therapy help me?

It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read more

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Is stem cell a procedure for me? I am 33 and have a damaged meniscus from a previous injury. I had a doctor tell me that i need a meniscal allograft.

Is stem cell a procedure for me? I am 33 and have a damaged meniscus from a previous injury. I had a doctor tell me that i need a meniscal allograft.

Stem cell: The terminology of "stem cell" use in the knee is being thrown around quite freely. A quasi "stem cell" approach is the platelet rich plasm (prp) injections that are gaining traction for osteoarthritis of the knee. Meniscal allograft has a limited indication in a "young" patient with joint pain, intact adjoining articular surfaces and previous total meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Can stem cells rebuild cartilege?

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Can stem cells rebuild cartilege?

Yes, but!: Many types of stem cells have been made to form cartilage (including stem cells from fat, marrow, amnion, blood). I have even personally done much research on this. However, the problem is that we have no good way of placing the cartilage back into the knee (or other joint) and keep it in place while the body heals. There are encouraging trials, but no definitive solutions yet. ...Read more

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Stem cell therapy, is it approve in the u.S?

Stem cell therapy: It involves the use of stem or pluripotent cells that, under the proper triggers, can grow into many different cell types. Stem cells are transplanted to replace damaged cells or tissues in the body that are unable to heal themselves. While this type of therapy does offer hope, it is mostly investigational at this time and very few stem cell therapies have been proven to be both safe and effective. ...Read more

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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more