Stem cells for hip

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Hi everyone,

I have been diagnosed with OA of the hips the right having bone on bone. I do not want surgery. I go for physo and chryo and acupuncture. I stopped running after my diagnosis. I am unhappy. I do yoga now which helps. I do other forms of exercise and muscle strengthening. I want to fix my hip and have a healthy life. I eat well etc. Has anyone had stem cell treatment and did it work on rebuilding cartilage? Please help.

Teresa

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    I remember seeing on TV about 15 years ago(sorry can't remember the details exactly) of vets doing stem cell treatment on a horse who had a problem on the knee area. I believe this was quite successful so lets keep our fingers crossed something may be done for humans.

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      puzzleking,

      I just replied to Teresa, and I forgot about this. Yes, racehorses have been treated with stem cells for decades...but, these are $ making investments.  Unfortunately, people like me who have OA cannot provide a return for investors. To a great extent, if the medical community sees they will stand to profit from this, more research will be done, but until then it will be big business as usual. More drugs, more surgeries, more hospital stays, more "treatments" - anything rather than actually solving a problem. At least in the US, medicine is more about treating symptoms on a long term than prevention and curing disease. 

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    Welcome to a life of misery, if there was a way to rebuild cartilage I wouldn't be having replacement joint surgery in a couple of weeks. 

    Hip surgery is amazing, you will be moving like new again, what's not to like. Oh I forget you want to be unhappy and not do all the things you use to do. Get the surgery done, why on earth would you not want to?

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    Hi Teresa,

    I'm sorry you are in pain. I relate because I have severe degenerative arthritis in my right shoulder joint, and I know how debilitating this can be. I've done quite of bit of research over the past 2 years and have been in contact with a few of the R&D hopsitals and universities who claim to be testing stem cells for use in replacing cartilage. 

    To date, the only improvement on stem cell therapy that I can find is the recreation of intervertebral disc material (spine) as well as an orthopedic surgeon in Japan who has had limited success with autologous stem cells in younger patients with knee arthritis. Other than that, this technology is not available for use in total replication of cartilage cells.  

    If anyone on the forum has verifiable data proving otherwise, please forward to me.

    There are quite a few entrepreneurs who are "taking advantage" of the hope of this technology and making claims of treating arthritis, but they have not been studied or proven.  

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    I'm sorry I don't have the reference, should have written it down.  But recently I read that there are some serious questions about the safety of stem cell therapy.  If you do decide to investigate this further, please let us know what you learn, and your decision.  Good Luck!

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      Look it up on webmd.  There is an article about stem cell treatment: Stem Cells for Knees, promising treatment or hoax?  Gives quite a balanced view.
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    I was talking to a gal the other day who had it done in her shoulder. she had a great deal of success with it. However when I investigated it for my back I learned that it is still in the experimental stage and therefore it is not covered by insurance. Of course I'm only speaking about the US, it may very well be different in the UK or Canada or other countries.

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      Hi amkoffee,

      I'm in the US - could you say a bit more about the woman was that had stem cell therapy in her shoulder?  Where was she? Is there a way to contact her - or you could give her my contact? I have no cartilage left in my right shoulder joint and am very interested.

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    I don't know if I'll have any success but I will certainly try. I am going to message you so that I can find you later. So if you would accept it I would be grateful.

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    HI Teresa,

    I had an amniotic stem cell injection in my right hip 6 months ago.  I am 44.  My mother had injections in each knee, and she is 28 years older than me.  She is starting to feel improvements and is able to walk farther and with less pain.  So far, I am not feeling improvements.  I am 6 feet tall with a body type that matching my height.  I do LOTS of gentle yoga to manage the pain.  If this doesn't work, then I plan to try the other kind of injection (where they take the cells from your own body) before resorting to surgery, which of course is permanent.  My diagnosis is "moderate", although every step is painful and I walk with a noticeable limp.  I am also bone on bone.  

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    Hello Teresa!

    I'm sorry for your diagnosis!

    I have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis.

    I hope you didn't do the surgery yet.

    Stop being unhappy, though I understand it's hard given the circumstances. Stem cells do work for worn cartilages. At least they worked for mine. As I said, I was diagnosed knee OA. I was in pain almost all the time, couldn't bend my leg, couldn't climb the stairs. My life was very miserable.

    I decided that I don't want to do surgery cuz I met a few people who did but their condition only got worse after that. So, I decided to exhaust every option I had before surgery.

    I was recommended a few clinics but only one had the no-cost MRI review to detect am I a candidate for stem cell therapy. I sent them my 6-months-old MRI and they invited me over.

    So far I have had 3 shots and I already feel the results. I didn't get my hopes up for this treatment cuz I read that some people weren't helped, but, fortunately, this therapy is helping me, my body doesn't reject the cells.

    I'm very happy and hope for more improvements in future.  

    You can send your MRI or X-ray as I did to find out are you a candidate for the stem cell therapy. The link to it

    Good luck!

     

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    I as far as stem cell treatment to replace the cartheledge that has worn in a OA hip my hip surgeon said it cannot treat OA . There is not a biological replacement for cartheledge. Bone can be damaged and the only fix long term is hip joint replacement.

    Its well worth it in the long run. Restoration of mobility and no pain with hip replacement has higher rate of success than any other treatment for OA of the hip. 

    Many of of the hippies here can tell you there are many success stories. One last caution my doctor express how important it is to have good bone to work with for the, and don't put it off to long. I had all the treatment you referred to except stem cell, and finally had THR that was my first hip joint replacement 20 years ago and still ticking. 

    Read up and study OA of the hip it will give you a much better understanding of how OA can change the joint socket rubbing with walking and how a uneven joint can cause back, neck, and knee issues. 

     

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    Hi Teresa!

    I am just wondering if you‘re fine now? I'm suffering from pain in my both knees and 3 years ago I was told I need a cartilage replacement surgery, because I have almost bone on bone. But for me even a word 'surgery' sounds awful.

    I found a clinic where they do a no-cost MRI review. I'd sent them my MRI and had a free consultation with their doctor. They told me that they are able to help!

    I've heard a lot about positive results after this treatment. What do you think?

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