Stem Cell Meniscus Repair: How Much Cost? Does It Really Work? Can meniscus injuries be treated with stem cell injections? The jury is still out. Only anecdotal stories say it does but, as we’ve stated in the past, anecdotal evidence does not make good science.
Anyhoo, check out this video of Dr. Rick Lehman, an orthopedic surgeon who obviously believe in the power of stem cell to repair your meniscus injuries.
So how does this stem cell meniscus repair work? And what is the treatment procedure like? Well, here’s Dr. Lehman talking about it:
We transcribed the interview for those of you who would rather read it:
TV HOST: So it’s literally a band-aidish kind of a thing to fix a torn meniscus in the knee?
DR. LEHMAN: Well, starting out, its gonna repair the meniscus. So, the meniscus does not have any blood flow. And, normally, you take the meniscus out which leads to arthritis which is a big problem.
So what we are doing and people are doing and this is just hot off the press is that you take stem cells from the bone marrow in your hip. You grow the stem cells which is not really new. You then put on a little true band-aid, a collagen-graft, and you sew it into the meniscus instead of taking out the meniscus.
TV HOST: So this is an internal procedure, not literally over the skin band-aid kind of a thing, right?
DR. LEHMAN: Correct.
TV HOST: So it involves a bit of surgery?
DR. LEHMAN: It involves arthroscopic surgery. Now, eventually, what’s gonna happen is you gonna be able to repair heart muscle. You are gonna be able to repair kidney. You are gonna be able to repair pancreas.
So right now its developed in the knee to fix meniscus. But this is the technology which is so fascinating because we’ve never been able to take the stem cell and put it in one specific area.
So does this stem cell meniscus repair actually work? And how much does one have to shell out from their pockets if they want to undergo this treatment procedure? We hope to update this post in the future once we get the answers!
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