Stem Cell Replacement instead of TKR?

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Have any of you tried Stem Cell Replacement instead of a TKR or for a torn meniscus? I have several friends that are seriously looking into this for a treatment. I don't think insurance covers it either.

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    Not funded by NHS

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    I know that a doc talked to me about this procedure for a ripped off femoral condyle cartilage back in 2001...don't know how far it's progressed.  Also, at that time, it was not recommended for people over 50 so I didn't qualify anyway.  Don't know the state of the technology now.  I've had two torn menisci (one each knee) scoped and repaired years ago.  On my feet in a few days.  Why stem cells instead of a simple repair?

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    You are correct, insurance at least in the States does not pay for it as it is considered to be experimental According to one of my orthopedic doctors when I had asked about it, it's very costly about $3,000 per "injection" of which they do 3 and there is only a 50/50 chance of it working.

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    For a tear in the meniscis - arthroscopy.  It's a fairly minor op and recovery is quick. I'm actually surprised that it's been suggested instead of a TKR.  I think a lot of us started out years ago with an arthroscopy, not a TKR. It usually get people through the first 5 or so years too delay a TKR.

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