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All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

Last week, a patient called and cancelled her scheduled Bone Marrow Concentrate Regenexx SD Stem cell procedure declaring that she had found a less expensive provider for stem cells. I wished her well and devoted some time to trying to better understand the price range posted on the internet for the Regenexx SD procedure. While I couldn’t really get a grasp on the geographic differences in costs, I did realize the chaos and confusion potential of trying to compare apples and oranges. The Regenexx SD Stem cell procedure is the gold standard in the emerging world of Cellular Orthopedics (Regenerative Medicine). There is a seven year outcomes data base supporting the safety and efficacy of the Regenexx methodology. We have been monitoring the successful outcomes of our procedures for a longer time and with the most detailed, reproducible criteria in the field. If you look at non Regenexx websites, you frequently find our outcomes data reproduced (many times without permission).

The Regenexx mission statement is to get the patient back to things he or she loves faster and without surgery. The actual preparation for the procedure, the harvesting and processing of the bone marrow and the follow up management is proprietary in nature; that’s why price shopping doesn’t work. If it isn’t a Regenexx SD procedure, it is a generic knockoff and you will really minimize the chance of success. There are several Regenerative Medicine practices outside of Regenexx in the Midwest; yesterday, a patient called to schedule a Regenexx SD procedure after having gone elsewhere for less cost and experienced the anticipated unsatisfactory outcome.

This is not cookie cutter technology. The harvesting of the bone marrow cannot be from a single site or you risk a marked diminution in the number of adult mesenchymal stem cells harvested. The amount of bone marrow harvested must meet the quantitative requirements for maximum benefit. The simple recovery of 10 ccs of bone marrow is doomed to fail yet the latter is frequent in some settings so as to minimize charges. Then there is the proprietary system of concentrating and processing only available through Regenexx. Last of all, the counting of cells is not a futile exercise as suggested by the “knock off” clinics. We are able to sense success in numbers.

To determine if you are a candidate for stem cell management of your arthritis, you need to make an appointment. A telephone interview doesn’t do it nor does my looking at your images. The determinant is based on my intake and my experience. There are patients whose needs are better served by a joint replacement. If you do meet the inclusion criteria for management for your arthritis with stem cells, there is no better alternative than the Regenexx SD intervention

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All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

Who with osteoarthritis may benefit from Regenerative Medicine?

First of all, let me expand on the concept of Regenerative Medicine at times also understood as Cellular Orthopedics or Stem Cell therapy. Cells with stem cell properties are present in bone marrow, the peripheral circulatory system, adipose tissue, synovial tissue, muscle tissue, and tendon. At this time, the FDA allows point-of-care bone marrow aspirate intervention for arthritis. From a clinical standpoint, the stem cell concentrate of bone marrow aspirate is technique-dependent and I have found it to be an ever increasingly important factor of therapeutic benefit. When it comes to Adipose-Derived Stem cells, use of these products places risk upon the clinician and the patient because they do not meet the criteria of homologous use and are not autologous. Enter the latest interest in amniotic fluid concentrate with all the marketing hype. As of this time, to the best of my knowledge, there is no clinical outcomes science to justify such use. I should know as I am the Principal Investigator in the largest Clinical Trial involving amniotic fluid for arthritis ever undertaken.

Next, the reader should understand that Osteoarthritis is graded, not all OA is the same. To qualify for a Regenerative Medicine procedure, the degree of arthritis must not exceed grade three based on Imaging and Physical Examination. The standard grading system is termed the Kellgren-Lawrence Scale in which the X-ray image is scored. The physical examination is also taken into account to confirm that the extent of degenerative deformity has not exceeded inclusion criteria.

Now let me explain how Stem Cell intervention is accomplished in my setting, who may benefit, and when Regenerative Medicine is not a reasonable option. Actually if you watch my Webinar,


you will better understand.

What are a patient’s options when a first intervention isn’t long lasting? Assume if you will that you have not realized the outcome that would be satisfying to you and rewarding to your interventional orthopedic specialist; there are two options:

Repeat Stem Cell Procedure

I have had at least ten patients in my practice who ultimately reached their goals after a repeat Bone marrow stem cell intervention

Joint Replacement

While it is a procedure that we seek to postpone, perhaps even avoid with a Regenerative Medicine intervention, stem cell procedures do not burn bridges

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All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

I produced a Cellular Orthopedic webinar

You may be the first to see the preview

A web-i-nar according to the dictionary, is a seminar that takes place over the internet.

Dr. Sheinkop’s Webinar on Regenerative Medicine 

While not yet ready for prime time, it will go live in 45 days, but readers of this Blog may view it now by clicking the above. My purpose in creating this educational endeavor is and was to better inform the prospective patient as to the scope of my regenerative practice, to allow the new patient to become better informed, and to facilitate review of the informed consent process should you chose to avail yourself of my services. The webinar plays for about 30 minutes but you don’t have to watch it all in a single session. One of the advantages of this form of communication is watching at your own convenience plus the option to return as you chose.

In planning and editing this undertaking, I took into account that which I have experienced over a four year plus regenerative medicine practice emphasizing and repeating wherever I deemed appropriate. The majority of the patients I treat present with grades two and three osteoarthritis of one or two joints. Of over a thousand I have treated, the majority have received Bone Marrow Concentrate/Stem Cell approach. For those who present in an earlier stage of osteoarthritis no longer responding to cortisone and hyaluronic acid, I do explain the Multicenter Amniotic Fluid Concentrate Clinical Trial for which I am the Principal Investigator. By the same token, for those patients who have advanced arthritic changes, that is grade four, and who otherwise would require a total joint replacement, I cover cellular orthopedic options as well although not necessarily bone marrow derived. One major possibility in the webinar format once accessed through the internet will be the opportunity to post questions and I will do my best to respond in 24 to 48 hours. Another area of explanation is the subchondroplasty for which there continues to be increasing evidence that both intraarticular (inside the joint) and extra-articular (the bone supporting the joint) options should be employed when treating arthritis of a major joint. I want to emphasize, the main treatment on which I base my practice is Bone Marrow Concentrate containing stem cells, anti-inflammatory Cytokines and Growth Factors owing to the potential to regenerate the joint, eliminate or reduce pain and increase functional capacity while, on a molecular basis, halting, maybe reversing the arthritic process.


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All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

Surgery, Stem cells or Physical therapy for a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis

“Whether arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for symptomatic patients with a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis results in better functional outcomes than physical therapy alone is uncertain.”

The above article appeared in the May, 2013 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine but is still a subject matter of great debate in the orthopedic community. The major reason for the continued debate has to do with arthritis and the nature of the meniscal tear. In the study cited, 351 symptomatic patients 45 years or older with a meniscal tear and evidence of mild to moderate osteoarthritis were followed for up to 12 months using the same outcomes measurement modalities that I use in my Regenerative Medicine practice.  The end result indicated no difference in outcomes for those who underwent arthroscopy and physical therapy as compared to those who underwent physical therapy alone.

In analyzing the study, there is no emphasis placed on the nature of the clinical tear or whether the osteoarthritis affects the entire joint or only a single compartment. What allows me to opine on the subject is my 40-year experience in treating the same type of patients prior to my having graduated to Cellular Orthopedics. During my surgical career, I used arthroscopic surgery when indicated and joint replacement, both total and partial when the latter were deemed appropriate. Now I use stem cells derived from bone marrow in almost every setting as there is evidence that the regenerative potential inherent in bone marrow concentrate will significantly impact the outcomes of patients with a degenerative meniscal tear with associated degenerative arthritis.

Be aware that the vast majority of patients over age 45 will show meniscal changes on an MRI. Also be aware that the vast majority of those meniscal changes will be accompanied by arthritic changes in the articular cartilage of the knee. The only absolute indication for arthroscopic intervention is the mechanical symptom such as “clunking”, locking or giving way. Otherwise, it is the judgement of the orthopedic surgeon that will lead to the definitive recommendation. Therein is the problem as the reconstructive orthopedic surgeon will tend to make one type of recommendation while the sports medicine oriented arthroscopist will tend to be surgically oriented.

If any cohort of patients with osteoarthritis and a degenerative meniscal tear is followed for five to ten years, progressive arthritic changes will be documented via a history and physical as well as via imaging studies. There is only one way to date to potentially alter this natural history and that is by intervening with stem cells and putting their regenerative potential into effect. If not addressed early on, those knee joint changes will result in an eventual grade four osteoarthritic degeneration and an indication for a knee replacement be it partial or total.

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All Stem Cell Procedures are not the same

Continued Growth and Development in the Stem Cell World

There are now available six month follow up Outcomes Data regarding 20 patients who underwent a fat graft harvest, micro-fracture of the fat graft and intervention in an arthritic knee, the latter so severe that the original recommendation to the patient had been a Total Knee Replacement. 85% of this group are very satisfied at this time with the post intervention pain relief and functional improvement. One patient did elect to undergo a Total Knee Replacement eight weeks after the initial intervention. While six-month Data is very preliminary and doesn’t lend itself to a scientific journal publication, I am told the results will become the subject matter of a White Paper, an authoritative report, while the outcomes of the 20 patients will continue to be monitored.

As I have previously reported, I personally am taking a Principal Investigator role in a Clinical Trial centered on the most contemporary ortho-biologic methodology for processing Amniotic Fluid Concentrate. What piqued my interest is the continued marketing placements in our media: ”Stem Cell therapy is an exciting new therapy option that treats arthritis”. “Free Educational Seminar”. “Stem cell regeneration utilizes amniotic stem cells”. I am reminded of the prank I used as a child on my playmates “Pete and Repeat were sitting in a boat, Pete fell out, who was left?” As I have written on my Blog multiple times, there are no viable stem cells in amniotic fluid once processed, irradiated, frozen and fast thawed. That is not to say that AFC may not act as an anti-inflammatory eventually replacing visco-supplementation in attempting to improve the well-being of patients affected by arthritis; but it has no regenerative potential. My interest in leading a Multi-Center Clinical Trial -no out of pocket expense for those who meet the inclusion criteria-is to learn appropriate dosage and duration of effect if any. Subchondroplasty continues to be a subject of increasing interest in the orthobiologic world. I will be serving as a Principal Investigator in a stem cell based subchondroplasty clinical trial as soon as there is IRB approval toward the end of August. I hope to determine if a combined intraarticular and extra-articular Bone Marrow Concentrate approach will result in superior outcomes when contrasted to the standard intraarticular approach.

Be advised and reminded the Regenerative Medicine discipline is evolving and the over seer is the FDA. Make sure that should you decide to pay unreasonable amounts for unproven therapies, those marketing such are doing so under an IRB regulatory methodology. To learn more, schedule an appointment:

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