I have previously shared with readers of this Blog, the fact that about eight weeks ago, in anticipation of a Colorado ski trip, I personally underwent an orthobiologics injection into both of my arthritic knees. Those biologic injections with proteins termed Growth Factors, recovered from my own blood, allowed me to ski five consecutive days in Vail, Colorado, basically having returned me to the thrilling days of yesteryear. This past weekend, I made my first seasonal pilgrimage to the trout streams of Southwest Wisconsin in the Driftless Area. While the outdoor temperatures were in the mid-50s, there still were deep snowdrifts along the stream edges so we had to trudge through the snow, and uneven terrain and then up the rocky stream bottoms. That was on Saturday and Sunday. Today, I saw patients without a limp and without any knee discomfort.
Orthobiologics include Hyaluronic Acid, Platelet Rich Plasma, Growth Factors, and Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells derived from your bone marrow; all FDA approved as part of the standard of practice. In addition, under the auspices of an FDA-approved clinical trial, we have used adipose-derived stem cells for knee arthritis and are planning an application for a second trial as an investigator for the Personalized Stem Cell initiative. You may follow the progress of that application at www.personalizedstemcells.com.
Upcoming Second Personalized Stem Cells Clinical Trial
As far as indemnification or out-of-pocket costs, for those who meet the inclusion criteria of a Clinical Trial, there are few out-of-pocket expenses other than the facility fee. When it comes to the menu of biologics, an ever-increasing number of options are covered by health insurance and Medicare. Should you be interested in learning if you meet the inclusion criteria for the upcoming Personalized Stem Cells Clinical Trial, the first step is to call (312) 475-1893 and schedule an initial screening. At that visit, an evaluation will be made of the arthritic knee and X-rays will be requested. Based on your medical history, orthopedic physical examination including the Range of Knee Motion, Mechanical Joint Alignment, Body Mass Index, and grade of arthritis as graded on the Knee X-ray, we will determine If you meet the inclusion criteria established by the FDA for the second Personalized Stem Cells Clinical Trial. As we anticipate the FDA approval for the next clinical trial by the end of the second quarter of this year and since the number of patients to be included in this next trial is not yet established, interested patients might consider scheduling that screening visit sooner and not waiting for an official announcement.
Benefits of a Cell-Based Therapies | Using a Needle and NOT a Knife
For those who do not qualify for the PSC Clinical Trial or have a symptomatic joint with altered functional capacity other than a knee, you may learn more at www.sheinkopmd.com to explore cell-based therapeutic solutions at my practice and the varying and potential benefits of a needle and not a knife.