Don’t Operate – Regenerate!

Surgical knee replacement has been the go-to treatment for arthritis and other degenerative disorders of the knee joint, but this approach can cause more problems than solutions for some patients. Now, an alternative has been introduced that may offer superior results in a much less invasive procedure. Instead of removing the joint and replacing it with a plastic and metal prosthesis, a procedure can be done to promote the body’s healing process regenerating the natural joint to restore range of motion and reduce pain.

What is a BioKnee?

The idea behind the Regeneris BioKnee is to provide a biologic knee replacement that uses the patient’s own cells to repair damage to the knee joint. This reserach builds on the established field of cellular therapies that have proven valuable for a variety of medical purposes today. The BioKnee protocol is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.

The Regeneris BioKnee is a form of regenerative medicine, a treatment method that has been used for decades. It has proven particularly useful in the fields of orthopedics and cosmetic medicine but is also showing great promise in other areas, including the treatment of autoimmune disorders and spinal injuries. At Regeneris Medical, we remain on the cutting-edge of cellular therapies, researching the very latest in stem cell treatments to produce the best possible results.

Benefits of the BioKnee over Traditional Knee Replacement

There are numerous reasons why the Regeneris BioKnee might be a better choice than a total knee replacement or TKR:

Anesthesia Risks

TKR is often performed under general anesthesia, which increases a patient’s risk of complications during and after surgery. General anesthesia is also more likely to cause side effects like nausea and vomiting and extends the recovery process. A BioKnee is performed using local anesthesia, reducing many of those risks.

Time in Hospital

A BioKnee procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you return home a few hours after your treatment to recover in the comfort of your home. A TKR requires a hospital stay or nusing home stay of 1-2 weeks, which increases the risk for a post-operative infection and makes the procedure much more expensive.

Recovery Time

Recovery from a TKR is extensive and often painful. Many patients need up to six months to see real relief after the surgery, and that is only after committing to a strict strength training regimen to restore mobility to the joint. After your BioKnee procedure, you will be instructed to refrain from rigorous physical activity for about two weeks, although gentle stretching is encouraged almost right away to keep the joint mobile after treatment.

Results

A knee replacement typically lasts 5-15 years, at which time you will need to undergo another major surgical procedure to remove the worn device and replace it with another. These subsequent procedures tend to carry higher risk, since there may be damage to bone and tissue from the first procedure that complicates the process. The BioKnee will theoretically last several years before another injectable treatment is required to begin the regeneration process once again, but more research is currently needed to better understand how long cell mediated therapies will last.

Cost

While the BioKnee remains a research protocol and  will not be covered by insurance plans, the procedure promises to be much more cost-effective than TKR in the long run. The cost of a TKR can run on average about $49,500, while the cost of a BioKnee will range from $5,000 to $7,500, depending on your personalized treatment program.

State-of-the-Art Technology

A BioKnee procedure involves two distinct, state-of-the-art technologies:

Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF)

This technology is used to extract stem cells from autologous fat tissue, rather than blood or bone marrow. Removing stem cells through this method results in a much higher yield of the cells, which produces the best possible outcome from your procedure. The autologous fat is removed from the body via a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure under local anesthesia.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

This substance in your blood contains a high concentration of growth factors that stimulate the body’s healing response. When administered to an injured area, the platelets create an environment that heals tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints. PRP has been used as a dental and cosmetic therapy since the 1990s and more recently, has shown significant benefit in the medical realm.

About the Protocol

Our BioKnee protocol is performed in the office on an outpatient basis, starting with the extraction of fat to collect the necessary stem and progenitor cells. Blood is also drawn to process the PRP that will be administered along with the stem cells. Both substances are delivered directly to the injured joint by injection, which can also be performed under local anesthesia. In most cases, patients will only require one treatment session.

You should be able to return to all of your regular activities within 1-2 weeks after your BioKnee procedure. The injected cells should immediately begin secreting growth factors to stimulate healing and dependent on the amount of regeneration that ensues, the results may vary but could last years. As you continue to age, you may need another BioKnee procedure to maintain your improved comfort and range of motion in the joint.  The timing and efficacy of this process are currently been looked at more closely in our  research protocols.

The Regeneris BioKnee is considered a new field of medicine, but experts of the technology estimate this procedure could eliminate the need for TKR at some point in the future. Regeneris Medical is currently looking for patients to participate in this new field and see for themselves the potential benefits of this non-invasive approach to joint degeneration. To learn more, contact Regeneris Medical today at 855-734-3678.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you are experiencing pain as a result of injury or trauma, or if a condition such as arthritis has made it difficult to stand, walk, or run, our doctors can discuss your candidacy for regenerative treatments as well as answer any other questions you may have. Each case is unique, so personal consultations and customized treatment plans are determined based on your condition and goals.

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COMMONLY AFFECTED AREAS

Our regenerative orthopedic patients are seeking stem cell therapy in the following areas:

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Knee

Several common causes of knee pain have shown positive response to regenerative treatments, including osteoarthritis, meniscus and other ligament damage, traumatic injuries, and other degenerative conditions. Other causes can include age-related degeneration and overuse conditions. By applying stem cell therapy we can alleviate most degenerative conditions through minimally invasive stem cell injections for your knee pain.

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Hip

Hip pain can restrict mobility and prevent sufferers from enjoying activities of daily life. Hip surgery is often offered as a solution, but can result in lengthy and painful downtime. Alternatively, cellular therapies show promise in treating causes of hip pain such as injury, hip arthritis, and other degenerative conditions.

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Shoulder

Shoulder pain can cause reduced range of motion and prevent patients from engaging fully in daily life. Common causes of shoulder pain include trauma or injury, arthritis, and other degenerative and age-related conditions. Those who suffer from shoulder pain can avoid costly and painful surgeries with cellular therapies.

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Elbow & Hand

Pain in the elbows, hands, and wrist can be debilitating, and can prevent patients from participating in many activities of daily living. Powerful potential has been discovered in the application of cellular therapies for pain in the elbow, hand, and wrist caused by arthritis, injury, and other degenerative conditions.

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Foot & Ankle

Pain in the foot and ankle can feel especially debilitating due it directly inhibiting mobility. Injury, arthritis, and other degenerative conditions can cause this kind of pain, and can prevent patients from walking or moving comfortably. Fortunately, treatments for joint pain of the foot and ankle can benefit from the potential of cellular therapies.

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Neck, Back & Spine

Neck and back pain can have many causes, two of the most common being degenerative disk disease and facet arthropathy. Some forms of back pain can also be caused by arthritis of the facet joints, the small joints where vertebra connect to their adjacent neighboring vertebrae.

COMMONLY AFFECTED AREAS

Knee

Several common causes of knee pain have shown positive response to regenerative treatments, including arthritis, meniscus and other ligament damage, traumatic injuries, and other degenerative conditions. Other causes can include age-related degeneration and overuse conditions.

Hip

Hip pain can restrict mobility and prevent sufferers from enjoying activities of daily life. Hip surgery is often offered as a solution, but can result in lengthy and painful downtime. Alternatively, cellular therapies show promise in treating causes of hip pain such as injury, hip arthritis, and other degenerative conditions.

Shoulder

Shoulder pain can cause reduced range of motion and prevent patients from engaging fully in daily life. Common causes of shoulder pain include trauma or injury, arthritis, and other degenerative and age-related conditions. Those who suffer from shoulder pain can avoid costly and painful surgeries with cellular therapies.

Elbow & Hand

Pain in the elbows, hands, and wrist can be debilitating, and can prevent patients from participating in many activities of daily living. Powerful potential has been discovered in the application of cellular therapies for pain in the elbow, hand, and wrist caused by arthritis, injury, and other degenerative conditions.

Foot & Ankle

Pain in the foot and ankle can feel especially debilitating due it directly inhibiting mobility. Injury, arthritis, and other degenerative conditions can cause this kind of pain, and can prevent patients from walking or moving comfortably. Fortunately, treatments for joint pain of the foot and ankle can benefit from the potential of cellular therapies.

Neck, Back & Spine

Neck and back pain can have many causes, two of the most common being degenerative disk disease and facet arthropathy. Some forms of back pain can also be caused by arthritis of the facet joints, the small joints where vertebra connect to their adjacent neighboring vertebrae.

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