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NATUREWhat are Stem cells?
Stem cells are how the body heals itself! Right from the point of conception, stem cells are what allow 2 cells to form the entire, complex human body.
There can be different types and they can be found in different parts of the body. Most people will have heard of stem cells from Bone Marrow and umbilical cord.
More recently, fat stem cells (also known as adipose-derived stem cells) which live in the fat layers of everyone’s own fat. These are more common and more powerful than any other stem cells in an adult.
SCIENCEWhat is Stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is performed by injecting the patient’s own stem cells to stimulate the body to repair and replace damaged tissue in any joint or soft tissue structures – such as knees, shoulders, hips, wrists, ankles, elbows, thumb, fingers, tendons, ligaments and non-healing bone fractures.
The therapy can also be used to treat back pain including lumbar degenerative disc disease as well as facet joint pain throughout the spine.
ARTWho would perform my procedure?
Mr. Mallappa Kolar is one of a few doctors in the UK who is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
He is trained in this same-day, minimally invasive procedure. He performs this in conjunction with orthopaedic colleagues Mr. Girish Vashishta & Mr. Stefan Niculescu.
Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cell treatment is a minimally invasive therapy that is part of the growing field of regenerative medicine. Stem cell treatment uses your own adult stem cells to treat acute sports injuries and chronic joint, soft tissue, and disc degeneration. The therapy allows your body to naturally heal itself.
How do we do a Fat Stem Cell Treatment?
The Method of Stem Cell Regeneration
We use fat stem cells, which are harvested from the patient’s abdominal fat reserves – our body’s richest source of mesenchymal adult stem cells. Commonly known as bone marrow has approximately 1,000 times less stem cells per volume than fat.
Once we have isolated the specific stem cells, they are then injected into the specific area of damage using real-time arthroscopy guidance.
After injection, these powerful stem cells and their excellent regenerative capacity can potentially and quite dramatically reduce inflammation, encourage the growth of new blood vessels to encourage healing, and stimulate the body to repair itself and replace cartilage that has been damaged and worn out over time or been traumatised from injury or overuse.
Whether the damaged area is the result of a traumatic sports injury or the product of daily “wear and tear” (osteoarthritis), fat stem cell therapy for joints and soft tissue may offer a powerful solution to resolving the ongoing discomfort. Both long-standing and more newly acquired injuries have the potential to benefit from this state-of-the-art treatment.
Who would benefit from a Joint & Soft Tissue Fat Stem Cell Therapy?
A suitable candidate for stem cell therapy for joints & soft tissue is someone who suffers from a painful cartilage injury from overuse, trauma, or debilitating conditions, including degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.At Kliniken, Autologous Adult Fat Stem Cell Therapy can also be beneficial for patients suffering from tendonitis and ligament injuries.
In addition, an excellent candidate for Fat Stem Cell Therapy also has slow-healing or non-union fractures.
Much of the early work in this field has been devoted to chronic injuries. We are also seeing dramatic improvement in recovery times for acute and sub-acute injuries.
These can include new-onset partial tear of ligaments (ie. ACL, MCL, PCL), tendons (ie. Supraspinatous, Achilles, Biceps, Quadriceps), bones (ie. Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau, Humeral Head, Ankle, Wrist), and cartilage (ie. Radial Meniscal tears and other meniscus injuries of the knee, traumatised joint surfaces).
We have seen active patients return to activity much more rapidly with greatly decreased pain and improved mobility following early intervention for acute and sub-acute injuries.
Joints and soft tissue injuries and conditions treated with fat stem cell therapy:
- Hands and Feet
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tennis and Golfers’ Elbow
- Bicep Tendonitis
At Kliniken, we will conduct a careful history and physical examination as well as a thorough review of appropriate imaging (x-ray and/or MRI) to determine whether your condition is suitable for fat stem cell therapy for joint pains. Individual patient results may vary.
Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.
Stem Cells as an Alternative to Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery
Most people would reasonably put off a joint replacement as long as they can partly due to the long and what may be a painful recovery.
Their joint pain, e.g., constant knee pain due to an old meniscus injury, keeps them thinking about it, though.
Others worry about the potential for infection, increased risk of a heart attack following a joint replacement procedure, surgical complications and the limited life span of artificial knees, hips and other artificial joints.
Patients are often told that they are “bone on bone” and that their only viable treatment strategy is joint replacement surgery.
At Kliniken, we can offer a knee replacement alternative to patients who have been given a “bone on bone” diagnosis but are still excellent candidates for regenerative stem cell treatment.
Fat Stem Cell Therapy for joint and soft tissue repair is a minimally invasive approach that has helped many patients avoid the difficulties and risks associated with joint replacement surgery.
Fat Stem Cells as an Alternative to Ligament Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder & Other Joints
Ligament injuries today may often be treated with fat stem cells. Partially torn Achilles tendons, rotator cuffs and anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in the knee are among the common areas treated.
ACL injuries of the knee and Achilles tendon injuries are particularly representative examples of how fat stem cell therapy can potentially be an effective alternative to invasive surgery.
When an ACL ruptures or tears, it is often only a partial tear with the outer sheath remaining intact, or only minimally retracted, which leaves the ligament still mostly in place.
When this is the case, fat stem cell treatment can be an excellent option for repairing the damaged ligament.
This state-of-the-art procedure allows the patient to return to some forms of exercise within several weeks and back to full activity within several months.
Fat stem cells from your own body injected into the damaged ligament are quickly changing the way we look at activity ending knee injuries.
This choice consists of a minimally invasive 2-hour stem cell procedure, requiring no general anaesthesia and a far less painful recovery.
ACL injuries of the knee and Achilles tendon injuries are particularly representative examples of how a stem cell procedure can potentially be an effective alternative to invasive surgery.
Footballers, Rugby players, golfers, Horse riders, track and field athletes and many others with a torn knee ligament can now consider forgoing the usual choice of invasive surgical repair.
Choosing a fat stem cell treatment for a knee injury can get you back to your passion in a fraction of the time, and with less long term risks of arthritis.
Arthritis is a common long term complication of ACL surgical repairs.
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How much is the Stem Cell treatment for Arthritis?
SURGICAL TIME2 hours
ANAESTHETIClocal and sedation or general anaesthetic
COST FOR (Arthroscopy + Stem Cell)£8500 to £10500
SUGGESTED TIME OFF WORK2 weeks
SUGGESTED TIME BEFORE SHOWERING24 hours
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Why Choose Klinken for Joint & Soft Tissue Fat Stem Cell Therapy
- Discuss your needs
Generous hour long consultations to discuss your needs
- Innovative approach
Natural and innovative approach to treatments
- Helps you rest and recuperate
Country side and clean air helps you rest and recuperate
- Same clinician
Same clinician from start to finish
- Attentive care
Personalised and attentive care throughout
- Privacy and Discretion
Privacy and discretion of our clients is paramount
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Frequently Ask Questions
So far there are a number of studies have been performed internationally on the use of stem cells in arthritis over the last 2 decades. In the UK, we are a little behind the curve in that sense with only a handful of centres offering regenerative therapy for arthritis. However, very few people have the combination of experience of stem cells and clinical medicine as our surgeon Mr Mallappa Kolar who is the UK trained, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and has a PhD in Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment.
Every treatment will have side effects and after-effects. This would have to be accepted when undertaking any treatment including having your blood taken where you can get bruising and bleeding. The treatment of stem cells for arthritis is a combination of well-established techniques which are liposuction (which has been around in its modern iteration since the 1960s) and arthroscopies (around in modern terms since the 1970s).
There will be a group of people who will find the costs too high. A really good analogy we have had from previous patients is that you accept depreciation on a new car that you buy and the money you lose. Wouldn’t you want to spend that on your own body to help it to help you enjoy your life?
We have tried to keep the costs down to the minimum, but to give you an idea of what is needed to do one of these operations for just one patient would be:
One liposuction machine, one camera system, the stem cell isolation kit, 2 surgeons, 1 anaesthetist, 3 nurses, and 2 non-clinical staff for 2 hours. This is when we are doing things like a day case and not including all the other things that are used such as the blades, drapes, stitches, fluids, drugs including antibiotics and dressings, the theatre set up and so on.
We want patients to get a package price so they don’t have to worry about any add ons or hidden costs so we included in the cost is close follow up’s, wound checks, all dressings and at least 3 consultations with the 2 surgeons who are in charge of your care, which otherwise tends to be charged individually.
If it is something that we have done, then yes. We do not want our patients to negatively suffer from the procedure. Part of this process is that patients are counselled with long consultations and provided with all the relevant information to help them to understand the good and potentially bad effects of this surgery. It is important that this is a balanced decision that the patient has to make so we can promise nothing will happen because medically that is not possible. We will be honest about what can happen and how we can help reduce those risks, but if they do occur, what we can do about it. After a certain period, there is the rest of life that happens and results of that we obviously won’t be able to cover, but if we can help, we strive to do so.
A big reason that not much is being done by other UK surgeons is the scepticism as its not well known. You have to remember that when some thing new comes in, however good it may be, innovators only make up 2.5% of the market. We are at the start of the innovator curve, so we are right on the cutting edge. We have consistently heard from other orthopaedic surgeons that they cant wait to see our results and how patients recover etc, so people are primed to get involved. At Kliniken, we aim to be the thought leaders of this field nationally and globally.
A really straight forward way to think about having the stem cell treatment is that it does not stop patients from having any other procedures. For example, the current stars are physiotherapy for pain early on, steroid injections when it gets worse, manage with pain killers until things get really bad and then finally a replacement. This is a huge spectrum clinically with very few options. Steroids can only be used 3 times in each joint and you can have one replacement at a time. The joints can last but depending on how active and young you are, replacing the replacement gets more and more difficult.
Stem cell treatment can be repeated as many times as needed, uses your own body so nothing man made (like the steroid or replacements) and helps the body to regenerate what has been damaged over time (nothing else does this).
There is a chance of this. Since this is new, one element we are exploring in to see which types of patients would benefit from this surgery most so that not everyone needs to spend their money on something that might not work for them. The study is in process so we hope to publish these results in due course.
There are lots of people who have had stem cells for lots of conditions including blood cells, bone marrow cells and fat stem cells. So far in scientific literature, there are no reported adverse outcomes directly from the stem cells being transplanted.