Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
Treated at Okyanos July, 2015
Joint pain and inflammation were getting heavily in the way of Phil’s active life outdoors. With a rapidly diminishing quality of life and no promising options on the horizon, he applied his healthcare background to researching stem cell treatment for arthritis with the hopes of being able to return to the beach with his fly rod.
An Alternative to Hospitalizations and Replacement Surgeries
“I’m an outdoors person and an avid stream fisherman. This sport is all walking on streams and in the wilderness, but I couldn’t do it anymore. Living near the beach half the year, I would walk the beach every day with my fly rod but it got to the point where I couldn’t even get to the beach. Back home in Pennsylvania I missed fly fishing completely all last season.
“I’ve grown up fly fishing. I do it with my son and my best friends, and here I was missing out on something that is a huge part of my life. How did my knee problems impact my life? They changed it. I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I understand I’m 65 but I don’t want to act like I’m old just yet.
“Originally I went to my orthopedist and had arthroscopic surgery done twice on my right knee and once on my left. So when my knee started to flare up again, I went in and told him, ‘Let’s go in and shave that meniscus down again.’ He took some x-rays and I had an MRI done and he said there was just no more meniscus to shave—I was bone on bone. It was arthritic and rubbing, and knee replacement was looming but neither of us wanted to go there.
“Then my knee began to swell and the doctor couldn’t figure out why. We did procedures removing 55-60mL of fluid from my knee once a week for four weeks in a row—this was not fun. My doctor told me it was more than just arthritis but he couldn’t figure out why there was so much inflammation.
“By this time, it was June and I was booked for a summer trip to Europe which I really didn’t want to cancel. I started reading a lot. I looked up every article I could find on stem cells so I could understand all the different kinds of cells, what you can do with them and how they work. I looked at places in the United States and found it all to be experimental or you have to get into a trial, and nothing seemed to cut it for me. I found Okyanos, I felt confident and I knew I needed to do this. I just couldn’t see any downside to stem cell treatment.
“I made my appointment for surgery right away, and 6 weeks later I was walking around Tuscany. At about the 4 month mark I caught myself breaking into a jog while crossing the street. I stopped at the sidewalk and thought to myself, ‘What did I just do?’ because 6 months prior I could barely walk across the street at all.
“The Okyanos staff are all very professional, wonderful people. I’ve been in healthcare for 35 years—your staff were marvelous. I can’t say enough about nurse Shannon, Phillippa and Gretchen. I hoped for marvelous care and that’s exactly what I got. I was very, very happy.
“I’m doing great now. Earlier this week we did 40lb squats at the gym. I don’t want to overdo anything, but I am really getting back into the swing of things. This afternoon when the tide goes down I’ll be heading out to walk the beach with my fly rod. I’ve got my life back.
“With joint pain it seems like there is this idea that we should let it get worse before we treat it. We think, ‘Oh I can still handle it.’ Sure, you can still handle it but there’s absolutely no reason at all why you need to be in pain. I encourage people to read about stem cell therapy and talk to other patients about it. People are starting to look for alternatives to traditional hospitalizations and replacement surgery. In my opinion we’re on the cusp of something here that I hope will soon be second nature in medicine.”
Your Adult Stem Cells Can Target Underlying Causes of Arthritis
Orthopedic surgery takes a mechanical approach to addressing arthritis, from shaving or removing meniscus all the way to joint replacement. Okyanos Cell Therapy is an option for those wishing to address the underlying factors involved with arthritis (including inflammation and excessive immune response) as an alternative surgery, the latter of which commits the patient to irreversible alterations in anatomy.
Your adipose (fat) tissue contains up to 2,500 times more adult stem cells than bone marrow. In addition to stem cells, adipose tissue contains other key regenerative and reparative cells vital to addressing orthopedic conditions such as arthritis.
This combination of “repair cells” are known for their ability to home to signals of inflammation in damaged tissue and organs to perform their jobs of:
- Accelerated tissue repair
- Stimulated tissue regeneration
- Decreased inflammation
- Prevention of further cell death
- Creation of new blood vessels
- Reduction of scar
To find out whether stem cell treatment for arthritis is appropriate for you, contact us by requesting a consultation or by calling 855-659-2667.