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Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It's Possible
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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.

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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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Similar technology can be used for small areas of cartilage damage, but very few patients are good candidates for this kind of treatment.

In brief: Yes
Similar technology can be used for small areas of cartilage damage, but very few patients are good candidates for this kind of treatment.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Mark Johnson
Aesthetic Medicine
In brief: Yes
Both bone marrow derived cd34 stem cells and mixed population stem cells acquired from fat (fat derived mesenchymal stem cells, stromal vascular fraction stem cells, mult names) have been used successfully to repair knee cartilage in dogs, horses, and yes, humans.

In brief: Yes
Both bone marrow derived cd34 stem cells and mixed population stem cells acquired from fat (fat derived mesenchymal stem cells, stromal vascular fraction stem cells, mult names) have been used successfully to repair knee cartilage in dogs, horses, and yes, humans.
Dr. Mark Johnson
Dr. Mark Johnson
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Stromal vascular fraction is now considered an illegal procedure in the USA based on the new FDA rules for stem cells.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Can Help
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.

In brief: Can Help
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.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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1 comment
Dr. Qamar Khan
Fat will no longer be a modem for true stem cell therapy because stromal vascular fraction that releases these stem cells from their fat matrix is now considered an illegal procedure by FDA new regulations. Also there is about 1000x more research on bone marrows MSCs compared to fat. Most recent fat research not really panning out and demonstrate lack of repair in most MSK issues.
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No
Not at this time.
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (aci) has been around for 25 years and involves harvesting cartilage cells, cloning them, then reinserting them back into the knee to produce new articular cartilage. This has been studied in labs, done on patients, and shown to work. There are no well done studies demosntrating the effectiveness of stem cells to repair knee cartilage.

In brief: No
Not at this time.
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (aci) has been around for 25 years and involves harvesting cartilage cells, cloning them, then reinserting them back into the knee to produce new articular cartilage. This has been studied in labs, done on patients, and shown to work. There are no well done studies demosntrating the effectiveness of stem cells to repair knee cartilage.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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