The phenomenon of knee osteoarthritis
The knee joint microenvironment normally functions to supply cartilage and supportive knee tissue with key factors that keep these tissues healthy and strong. The phenomenon of knee osteoarthritis is complex, but hallmarks include an unhealthy microenvironment for cartilage leading to cartilage loss, bony spurs (osteophytes), and subsequent narrowing of the knee joint space. Inflammation ensues when the lining of the joint (synovium) becomes inflamed causes knee swelling. Additionally, as the joint narrows and the knee bones push together bone bruises (bone marrow lesions) may result. Collectively these processes can produce chronic knee pain for patients with this condition.
Downfalls of knee joint replacement
Knee joint replacement surgery is an invasive procedure in which the ends of your knee bones are cut, removed and an artificial metal prosthesis is used as a replacement. This procedure is meant to alleviate pain. Though often considered the gold-standard for severe knee arthritis there is no guarantee of pain relief. Orthopedic literature suggests nearly 50% of patients may still have some pain and 1/8 patients continue to have severe pain following a knee replacement. Complicating factors include prolonged downtime and risks such infection, blood clot, stroke, and heart attack. Additionally, hardware may loosen requiring additional follow up surgery.
A Bio-Restorative Stem Cell procedure for knee arthritis
A Bio-Restorative Stem Cell procedure for knee joint arthritis is an ultra-minimally invasive same-day injection procedure designed to alleviate pain, improve function, and slow knee joint degeneration with an aim at joint preservation. In addition to being less invasive than surgery, the procedure conveys less risk of complications and in many cases less downtime. Though it is not covered by insurance carriers, out of pocket costs for this procedure are often comparable to knee replacement surgery when considering copayments and lost productivity associated with surgery. Most importantly, this joint preserving procedure allows you to keep your own knee joint rather than cut it out and replace it with metal.
WHY CHOOSE iOBX FOR YOUR TREATMENT
At its foundation, iOBx was created to provide advanced high-quality bio-restorative stem cell procedures and a concierge, patient centered experience. Physicians at the Center are well experienced in successfully treating knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis. While many facilities have practitioners that non-precisely inject stem cells into the knee joint, physicians at iOBx are board-certified and fellowship-trained in placing stem cells directly into arthritic areas in the knee joint. In cases of severe knee arthritis special techniques to place stem cells within the knee bones may be recommended. This helps ensure that key areas are being adequately treated for optimal healing potential. Additionally, physicians at iOBx use high pressure harvesting and aspirate from multiple bone marrow sites to collect 200-300% more mesenchymal stem cells than average. Unlike many clinics that may use non-living placental stem cell products, we collect stem cells from one’s own body and analyze preparations for quantity and viability to ensure that we are consistently delivering a high quality restorative treatment of the meniscus.