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Knee Injury and Arthritis Stem Cell Treatment

Modern medicine has advanced a lot with the introduction of regenerative medicine. It has made it possible to treat severe knee conditions without surgery.

The concerns involved with Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a common procedure where a metal prosthetic implant is inserted in place of the knee joint. The invasive nature of the surgery makes it highly risky. A typical knee replacement surgery has the following risks:

Knee replacement surgery is a commonly performed procedure that involves inserting an artificial joint made of metal, plastics, alloys and polymers. The risks of invasive knee replacement surgery are high with a potential for:

  • A need for a blood transfusion
  • Artery Damage
  • Blood Clots
  • Ligaments Damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Potential osteolysis (In case of loosening of metal and plastic fragments and traveling into the body)

That’s why it is very sensible to consider the safer ways before deciding to have a knee replacement surgery. After a surgery, most patients cannot walk without assistance for 3 months.

Regenerative Medicine presents a non-surgical approach to correct knee conditions that otherwise usually need knee surgery. The recovery is faster and the risks are really low. Lets have a look at a comparison between surgery and regenerative medicine.

Regenerative Medicine Knee Surgery
Blood Clots No Possible
Dislocations No Possible
Foreign Prosthetic No Yes
Fractures No Possible
Hospital Stay No 3 - 10 days
Infection No Possible
Joint Stiffening Minimal Discomfort Possible
Leg Length Change No Possible
Ligament Damage No Possible
Lost Time at Work 2-3 days if needed 3 months - 1 year
Nerve Damage No Possible
Prosthetic Breakdown No Yes
Recovery Patients are back to regular activities after a few days Long with a 3 month period of no walking unassisted
Re-Surgery No Possible - Very Likely

The Risks

Regenerative Medicine for knee injury treatment utilizes all-natural and organic material from your own body containing no additives. Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of allergic or immune reaction. Less than 1% chance of local infection.

  • 1/100 suffer nerve damage
  • 1/200 develop blood clots that travel
  • 1/50 have damage to the ligaments
  • 1/1000 suffers damage to an artrery
  • 1/500 suffer from osteolysis, when metal or plastic fragments come loose and travel into the body
  • Possibility of blood transfusion


Most patients are back to regular activities right after the knee pain treatment procedure. Some patients experience mild soreness in the injection area for a day or two. It is recommended to refrain from demanding physical activities for 2-3 days after the procedure.

Patients cannot walk unassisted for up to three months. Regular physical activities cannot resume for at least a year and typically last from six months to a year.


The procedure is performed under Local Anesthesia avoiding all complications from General Anesthesia.

General Anesthesia can cause mental confusion, dental trauma, croup (swelling of the windpipe), allergic reactions, wheezing, vocal cord injury, vomiting, lung infection, stroke, heart attack, and death.

Life Cycle

Pain can be improved significantly and may be permanently eliminated. Initial improvements will be seen within a few weeks, then gradually increasing as the healing process.

Knee replacement typically last ten years, depending on the physical activities of the individual. It is likely that patients will have to get a second surgery.

Conditions Treatable with Regenerative Medicine

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • ACL sprain or tear
  • LCL sprain or tear
  • MCL sprain or tear
  • Meniscus sprain or tear
  • Knee Bursitis
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
  • Patellar Tendonitis

Knee arthritis treatment is now highly successful using stem cell therapy for knee arthritis.

Types of Regenerative Medicine:

Stem cell therapy is a treatment where we derive Adult non-controversial stem cells from the patient’s fat cells or bone marrow and inject them into the damaged area. The knee stem cell injection help the injury heal at a much faster pace with much more pain relief and a good chance at total recovery.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy utilizes the plasma found in our own blood that has many growth factors and repairing properties. The patient’s own blood sample is taken and processed to obtain the PRP concentrate which is then injected to the site of damage to encourage a speedy healing.

Basically, Regenerative Medicine uses body’s own natural healing power to focus on healing the damage faster. We use two types of Regenerative treatments in our office: Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. Seeing on your condition, we might use a combination of both.

Call Today for a Regenerative Medicine Appointment:

Regenerative Medicine is a great opportunity for patients undergoing chronic knee pain and injuries. It seems sensible to seek this non-surgical approach prior to making the choice to have surgery as the risks or recovery time involved in Regenerative Medicine is very small. Call 815-464-7212 now to set up an appointment with Dr. Zaki Anwar today!

Several patients do observe noteworthy progress after Regenerative Medicine. Initial progress is often seen instantaneously and because Regenerative Medicine supports the natural healing process of the body, the recuperation process then goes on gradually.

Disclaimer: It is essential to recognize that every individual is unique and so are their medical conditions and healing process. Although there are no guarantees for recovery, Regenerative medicine procedures have a track record of helping many patients with joint arthritis, and joint and tendon injuries.