Degenerative joint disease of the knees is an arthritis that affects millions of Americans. End-stage arthritis may require joint replacement. Prior to that less invasive options such as injection of cartilage substitutes or steroids may be tried. Steroid injection is a short term treatment since the local tissues are damaged by steroids over time.
OC Regenerative Medicine uses a degenerative knee disease protocol that attempts to exploit the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). The deployment protocol performed under local anesthesia is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately 3 hours.
Each case needs to be evaluated individually as certain meniscal and ligamentous issues of the knee may not be amenable to cells. Ligamentous issues may be amenable to other regenerative therapies aimed at stimulation of growth factors such as Tenex.