Stem Cell Therapy for Bone-on-Bone Knee Pain
Gary: My name is Gary Bailey and I had stem cell injections almost 8 years ago. I was bone-on-bone at the time. My knee was sore and now 8 years later I have almost no pain. I can go hiking for several hours with no pain and still ski with no pain. I’m here to follow up to see if there is anything else I can do.
Dr. Riordan: Can I show your X-rays?
Gary: Of course.
Dr. Riordan: Dr. McKenna, tell us what was going on here.
Dr. McKenna: 8 years ago when I met Gary, he came to us because he was privy to some of the research we were doing on bone marrow at the time because of some of the other investors and came to see me. It was bone on bone. His left knee looks like a knee is supposed to look on standing film: congruent joint, good joint space. The right knee is not what a knee is supposed to look like on standing film. It’s not even really lined up anymore and there’s not really a big joint space in between the joint. So, 8 years ago I told Gary that I wouldn’t promise him much but no more pain than he was having, I didn’t see any reason to talk him into doing a total knee [replacement] and that I would clean out the junk and debris, fill his knee full of cells and then Gary was one of the first tibia draws we did at the time. About 6 weeks after we did him, …the patients that I had injected twice had done way better so we did a tibia draw and went about 6 weeks and put more marrow in his knee. That was like 8 years ago and…
Dr. Riordan: Gary, you were earlier saying about your activities, what was it like before you did it?
Gary: I would go hiking for 30 or 45 minutes. My knee would be very sore.
Dr. Riordan: And then what happened afterwards?
Gary: Afterwards, now, even today, I can go hiking for 4 or 5 hours and my knee doesn’t bother me at all.
Dr. Riordan: What was your goal? You wanted to delay…
Gary: I didn’t ever want to have a knee replacement if possible.
Dr. Riordan: Great. Well, thank you so much. Appreciate it.