Special Announcement - Now Screening for FDA Approved Stem Cell Study
Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop has completed training and is credentialed for an FDA-approved stem cell clinical trial for knee arthritis. Our clinic is now screening patients for this trial. Contact us at 312-475-1893 for details. Click here to learn more.

In seeking to continually improve results of Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cell interventions, we review our data base to try and better understand how to improve the success of a stem cell procedure both from the standpoint of pain control and the length of success. When it comes to the knee, I have looked at age and that isn’t as significant in anticipating a successful outcome as I had previously anticipated. Next it was the weight issue and Body Max Index but that hasn’t proved to have as significant an adverse influence on outcomes as I once had predicted although it does have a relation to the difficulty of the harvest. . There is no question that certain prescription medications have a very negative effect on stem cell performance; so much so that dependency on certain pharmaceuticals has caused me to seek an alternative approach to Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. The pre-treatment range of knee motion is as reliable predictor of the outcome as is knee stability. If a patient has an unstable knee or less than 110 degrees of motion, the chances of stem cell success are problematic.

What influenced me to write this Blog is the correlation I am seeing between knee deformity and the degree of success and the length of success If a patient has a mechanical bowing of five to seven degrees or more or a knock knee over seven degrees, the results of stem cell intervention are less predictable and carry with a shorter length of success than might otherwise be the outcome. Knowing that your knee which still allows you to be active is worth saving in spite of the X-ray, will provide a higher certainty of maintaining an active functional capacity than a knee replacement affords; the stem cell route before considering a joint replacement is one worth serious consideration. In order to improve candidacy and long term success, I am now recommending correction of mechanical deformity via a procedure termed an osteotomy in conjunction with the stem cell intervention. The concept of correcting a mechanical knee axis for arthritis has over 50 years of history. With the advent of knee replacement, osteotomy alone fell out of favor; but with the short term success of stem cell intervention in avoiding or postponing the joint replacement while maintaining or returning an individual to a very active profile, mechanical axis correction makes a lot of sense. My initial goal when I undertook this Cellular Orthopedic initiative was to assist in postponing a joint replacement; now I seek to influence avoidance of a joint replacement

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