My young niece has just had this done on one of her knees. She is only 24 years of age and has inherited arthritis from her grandmother. (my inlaws side) Ironically she is a qualified physiotherapist for a football team so I am thinking she had access to a specialist and had the procedure done quite quickly whereas general jo public wouldn't.
The other thing I thought, is why is this procedure not available for all those people who suffer with chronic arthritic pain everyday, is it that only young people have access to the procedure or perhaps it was her employer who paid for the treatment to be done privately. I don't really have the answers to that at this point.
Any way thought I would share in case any one wants to investigate this procedure themselves.
I've only been told 2nd hand about this, and from what I was told is that they drilled a very small hole into her good knee bone which leaks out stem cells that repair the arthritic bone. I have contacted my niece to ask her the name of the procedure she had done and will report back when / if she answers.
Not sure if someone has had this sort of procedure done already, I've not heard of many people with arthritis in the knee having this done on the NHS.
Its a procedure that avoids having a knee replacement op.
I have read a few articles about stem cells therapy but was wondering why it hasn't yet become more available to patients, perhaps its the expertise involved with the procedure, I am unsure.
I wonder if the helpline may know more about this procedure and what qualifies a patients suitability for such a procedure.
Arthritis Research info on it seems to indicate its not yet readily available to patients. their page here:
I found this also:
there is a mail on line article about someone who was able to avoid a knee replacement through stem cell therapy.
I will post again on this when I know or hear of anything from from my neice or other sources.
Wishing all a happy sunny sunday.
Best wishes Jen