You are an active weekend warrior. Your ideal fun weekend would include tennis, some jogging or golfing 18 holes. That is, if your arthritic knees could handle it, and they can’t anymore because your knee joint feels like bone scraping on bone. Even walking some days can be excruciating.
Worse, your orthopedic surgeon has told you that your only option is a total knee replacement surgery. You’re hoping to delay surgery as long as possible, so you are stuck with knees that make climbing stairs or walking across a large parking lot appear as a daunting, excruciating journey. Small comfort in that you see others your age hobbling around, as osteoarthritis affects more than 32.5 million people in the United States. According to federal data, 754,000 knee replacements and 448,000 hip replacements are done each year.
Yearly Knee Replacements in U.S.
Yearly Hip Replacements in U.S.
Regenerative Cellular Therapy
Thankfully, for the educated healthcare consumer there is new hope with the emergence over the last 10 years of a new treatment called “regenerative cellular therapy” that repurposes a person’s own fat cells to provide cushioning and lubrication to an arthritic knee.
In addition to cushioning and lubrication, the fat tissue – taken from a person’s own belly region using liposuction – contains the body’s natural healing cells and properties which help to restore the knee joint so that movement is less painful.
The importance of regenerative cellular therapy is that it buys people time with their natural knee joint so they can delay the need for major knee replacement surgery OR avoid knee surgery altogether.
Steve Meyers, MD is a fellowship trained sports medicine physician that has been safely performing regenerative procedures in Fort Worth since 2007.
The process begins by harvesting adipose tissue (fat) from your own body using liposuction from your belly region. The adipose tissue is ALWAYS HARVESTED FROM YOU, never from another person or tissue bank.
Dr. Meyers then processes the tissue and injects the fat cells into your arthritic knee. This is done the same day, without general anesthesia, and is precisely guided by ultrasound to deliver the cells directly into the damaged area of the joint.
The result is a knee that has the necessary cushion and lubrication to help the joint cartilage begin some level of healing.
Using regenerative cellular therapy, Dr. Meyers has helped patients from all over the country get back on their feet enjoying movement without pain — the same goal as surgical knee replacement but without the scalpel.
Adipose tissue is ALWAYS HARVESTED FROM YOU, never from another person or tissue bank.
For those interested in learning more about how Regenerative Orthopedics may be able to help you overcome arthritis or other joint pain, I encourage you to request an appointment by completing the “Are You a Candidate” form.