Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

November 10, 2014 | Education | Solutions

If you have been suffering from knee Osteoarthritis symptoms – pain, swelling, weakness and stiffness – and you are not able to manage these symptoms though over-the-counter pain medication, you may be an outstanding candidate for Stem Cell Therapy, even if you have been told surgery is your only option.

The number of patients receiving Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis, including knee, hip and shoulder Osteoarthritis, has dramatically increased in recent years. Why are more doctors and patients choosing Stem Cell Therapy to treat Osteoarthritis than ever before?

Stem Cell Therapy is a safe, minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment option. Most importantly, Stem Cell Therapy works — not only reducing symptoms but actually healing the damage Osteoarthritis does to your knees and other joints.

What is Osteoarthritis? Learn more here.

Stem Cell Therapy is often a better option for patients suffering from Osteoarthritis symptoms because, unlike highly-invasive surgical treatment options that remove joint tissue or replace part, or even all, of the affected joint, Stem Cell treatment repairs and regenerates the damaged cells, healing the cartilage and other soft tissue damaged by Osteoarthritis.

Stem Cell treatment offers many proven benefits when compared to traditional knee Osteoarthritis treatments, including surgery. These benefits include:

  • Same-day, outpatient treatment
  • Fast recovery time
  • Injected Stem Cells immediately go to work healing and replacing damaged cells
  • Patients report noticeable improvements in pain level and joint function within a few weeks
  • Prognosis includes increased function and reduced pain over time, as cells continue to regenerate


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What Makes Stem Cell Therapy a Better Option?

Osteoarthritis is often treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, Epidural Steroid Injections and surgery. Because physical therapy, medications and steroid injections only treat symptoms, and Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease, at some point moderate treatments meant to ease symptoms are no longer effective. When this happens, the patient’s quality of life can rapidly diminish.

In these cases, some physicians recommend surgical intervention. Knee surgery, despite becoming more frequent, is a highly-invasive process involving serious risks, as well as long-term physical therapy, post-surgery.

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In contrast, minimally invasive treatments, such as Stem Cell Therapy, for more advanced Osteoarthritis cases, and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, for less advanced Osteoarthritis, can actually heal the damaged joint tissue causing the pain and other symptoms without any surgical intervention.

What to Expect During Stem Cell Treatment

Treatment begins with a physical examination, followed by medical imaging tests to determine the precise location of the Osteoarthritis in the knee joint. Once the location of the disease has been determined, Stem Cells are harvested directly from the patient seeking treatment. We harvest bone marrow stem cells from the back of the hip and adipose stem cells from the abdomen or buttocks.


  • A member of our medical team applies a local anesthetic to the harvest area
  • Dr. Skaliy uses a syringe to aspirate a small amount of adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow
  • The adipose tissue is then placed in a specially-designed medical centrifuge, to isolate the stem cells
  • Once isolated, the Stem Cells are injected into the knee joint


Stem-Cells-Injected  After-Stem-Cell-Injection


Because the stem cells are taken from the patient receiving treatment, the risk of rejection or other side-effects is very low. The entire procedure takes about two hours, and the patient can go home the same day.

Patients receiving Stem Cell treatment for Osteoarthritis have reported “statistically significant” improvement in both joint function and pain within a few weeks — all without surgery!

To learn more about how Stem Cell Therapy as well as other minimally-invasive treatments, like Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, for your Osteoarthritis symptoms, click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Skaliy today.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Skaliy

Throughout his career Dr. Michael Skaliy has felt that medicine is a rapidly changing field and he’s continued to stay up to date to bring the latest cutting edge therapies into his practice. Most recently, he introduced stem cell therapy and minimally invasive same day spine surgery, which is done through a small device the size of a pencil.

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