Inside the O.R. to Repair Dancer's Knee Pain

Playing Stem Cells Used to Treat Injured Knees?

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One in five women will deal with knee pain at some point in their lives. While for some it is minor, for others, like Laura, it becomes more prominent and invasive procedures are needed. 

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Laura says her knee problems began after she started taking spinning classes. Once she stopped, she had hoped her knee pain would go away, but it persisted. She visited several orthopedic physicians and had multiple injections but nothing helped. She found orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bal M. Rajagopalan on Facebook and was intrigued to see the work with stem cell treatments he was using on his patients.

Dr. Raj became her surgeon and The Doctors went inside the operating room to watch Laura's knee surgery! Dr. Raj explains he is taking Laura's own regenerative stem cells from the pelvis and injecting them into the knee for hopes of regeneration. He also cleans out the "arthritic dirty knee," removing debris under her knee cap before injection.

About a month post-surgery, Laura and Dr. Raj join The Doctors in the studio! Laura shares she is feeling awesome and can now enjoy taking the dance classes that she loves! She says she was off her crutches after only two days and back to work the next week.

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Dr. Raj shares Laura was a great candidate because she was young (in her 40s), motivated and had arthritis in one specific compartment inside her knee. Dr. Raj says many people suffering at home from knee pain could benefit from this surgery. If a doctor suggests a knee replacement, ask if a treatment option like the one performed on Laura is another possibility.

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