Stem Cell Treatment for Knees
What's the Process and How Much does it Cost?
“Results look promising” is the reigning consensus from studies on stem cell treatment for knees. Stem cell treatment is relatively new with nominal controlled studies. However, there is minimal risk involved with stem cell treatment for knees, and it is relatively affordable compared to other invasive options. For such reasons, many patients opt to try it for themselves rather than wait for more clinical study results.
Patient testimonies mirror the results of completed studies: stem cell treatment is reducing pain and improving mobility. Everyone agrees more studies are needed to understand the effectiveness of stem cell treatment better, as well as to optimize the treatment methods. But, in the meantime, patients suffering from knee joint pain and osteoarthritis have a substantial chance of finding relief through stem cell treatment that is currently available.
Stem Cell Injection in the Knee - What’s the Process?
While other stem cell treatments, such as on eyes, present great risks, knee treatments are considered to have negligible risks. Stem cells can be acquired from donors, but most doctors prefer to harvest stem cells from the patient receiving the treatment. By using the patient’s own stem cells, there is a much smaller chance of complications (which, granted, are few to begin with) and a greater chance of success.
Though “harvesting” stem cells sounds a bit macabre, it is actually a quick and simple process. Stem cells can be collected from fat tissue, or bone marrow. The doctor then prepares and concentrates the stem cells, which are then injected directly into the knee.
The overall process is minimally invasive. While some discomfort is expected, it usually subsides quickly.
How Does a Stem Cell Injection Reduce Knee Joint Pain?
Though existing evidence strongly suggests stem cell treatments reduce knee joint pain and improve mobility, it is not yet clear why. But researchers believe that stem cell injection in the knee works by one or more of the following:
- Supporting cartilage regeneration
- Reducing inflammation that can worsen arthritis
- Releasing beneficial proteins called cytokines that protect cartilage and reduce pain
Knee Stem Cell Treatment Cost UK
Knee stem cell treatment can be a significant out-of-pocket expense, but many consider it a worthwhile investment. Benefits tend to last from 3-6 months, but each patient responds differently. Prices vary largely on geographical location, but you can expect an average cost between £2000 to £4000 per knee.
If you are seeking treatment in the Midlands area, we can give provide you with an exact cost and more information regarding stem cell treatment. The Midland Knee Protect Clinic specialises in treating osteoarthritis and knee joint pain. We also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Hyaluronic acid, and nStride treatments for knee pain.
If you are looking for alternatives to a knee replacement, we can help you determine which alternative is most likely to help ease your pain and improve mobility. Book an appointment online today or contact us to learn more.