Friday, 21 April 2017

Stem Cell Therapy : Alternative Treatment For Knee Replacement

Stem cell therapy has been in news for quite some time, for its magical regenerative properties. This has been put to use in treating several disorders effectively. Stem cell treatment for knee cartilage regeneration is one of the latest in the field, enabling a cure for knee arthritis without having to replace the joint.

Stem cells are special cells found in our body that could change or differentiate into other cells. They help in repairing or healing injuries by regenerating the harmed cells. However, when the injury or damage is bigger, an inability to recruit enough stem cells occurs. These can be rectified by extracting stem cells from other areas and concentrating their action in the site of injury. This is what stem cell procedures do.

Procedure for Knee Cartilage Regeneration Using Stem Cell

The stem cell treatment for knee cartilage regeneration involves a minimally invasive procedure. It is a latest development in the field of knee arthritis treatment. Here an arthroscopic procedure is done in the knee area to scrap off the portion of cartilage that is worn out due to arthritis. 

Stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow, that is aspirated from the patient’s hip bone and concentrated to cultivate stem cells and associated growth factors. This is then mixed with a clotting gel and injected into the knee joint area where the worn-out cartilage was scrapped out from. 

The stem cell treatment procedure is emerging as an alternative for total knee replacement surgery that is widely practised today. The ability of the procedure to retain one’s own knee has increased its popularity among patients.

Benefits of Stem Cell Treatment 

The main benefits of the treatment procedure are as below: -
  • Preserves our natural knee joint
  • Avoids the discomfort due to metal implants
  • No more restrictions in joint movements
  • Can continue with all daily activities with ease.
  • Very short recovery period
  • Can fully move the joint in a day
  • No prolonged hospitalisation required.

TOSH Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Chennai, offers advanced orthopaedic treatments on par with the best in the world.

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