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Old 04-16-2018, 07:35 AM
 
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My mother is 87 years old and has crippling Knee Rheumatoid Arthritis and refuses to have surgery.
I read an article that an alternative option to surgery was stem cell knee therapy. However, Insurance companies will not cover the procedure which concerns me if this is legit. Does anyone out there have info whether this is legitimate procedure and if there are any side effects to be concerned about. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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I would do a consult with a doctor who does this. Based on my research it seems a bit new to know for sure but may be worth a shot if you can afford it. But I would consult a local
Socorro to review her case and determine if it’s worth trying.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Sadly it may not be available unless she is accepted into a clinical trial. And her age may be an issue.

https://www.cellmedicine.com/stem-ce...oid-arthritis/
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm a PT and see folks with knee or hip pain all day long. If your mother has rheumatoid arthritis, surgery would not help. That's because RA is *not* the cartilage in her knee wearing out, but rather an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint. Surgery can help with osteoarthritis, which is deterioration of the cartilage in the joint.

As for stem cell treatment, the jury is still out. If she does have it, make sure it's done at a major teaching hospital as they are affiliated with medical schools. Stay away from doctors who claim miraculous recoveries; unfortunately, the general public is poorly equipped to assess scientific research papers, where the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of such treatments is discussed.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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O.P. I hear call in's to Dr. Darrow who deal with RA and ask if his work would help them and he's not high on it for RA. I have a post in Supplements on what I'm taking NOW to keep my knee and from surgery and Omega 3's higher dose seems to help more, turmeric too. There are PRP/Stem Cell workers across the U.S. and maybe get a consult, the O.V. is normally covered by insurance we carry including Medicare.

I don't believe this work is quackery, I had shoulder injections of original Prolotherapy about 10 yrs ago and got a good 3 yrs of pain free shoulder. I know it can WORK. It's regenerative medicine and CAN save many from invasive surgeries. Surgeries sure have their problems...I can testiment that. A quality provider uses ultrasound guidance to get the injections in the right areas. Even the original Prolo can give relief as I said above..and the doctor who did mine originally used an ultra sound machine. So he got the injections in the right places and he did 8 jabs (8 sites on shoulder).

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Old 04-16-2018, 05:55 PM
 
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I'm a PT and see folks with knee or hip pain all day long. If your mother has rheumatoid arthritis, surgery would not help. That's because RA is *not* the cartilage in her knee wearing out, but rather an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint. Surgery can help with osteoarthritis, which is deterioration of the cartilage in the joint.

As for stem cell treatment, the jury is still out. If she does have it, make sure it's done at a major teaching hospital as they are affiliated with medical schools. Stay away from doctors who claim miraculous recoveries; unfortunately, the general public is poorly equipped to assess scientific research papers, where the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of such treatments is discussed.
Not sure where you practice but Total Knee Replacement is commonly done for patients with RA and often at much younger ages than patients with OA.

RA is systemic, does involve more synovitis and inflammation but it also absolutely results in complete loss of cartilage....often much more significant cartilage damage than in OA
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