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Stem Cell Therapy

What is stem cell therapy?

According to Dr. Rocky Tuan, former head of the Cartilage Biology section at the National Institutes of Health, “…stem cell- based strategies should provide practical advantages for the patient with OA. The use of stem cells in combination with bioactive substrates… has significant clinical potential and is likely to be important in future cartilage-repair technologies.” This is the philosophy of our center.

 

The stem cell program at the Arthritis Treatment Center is called the Guided Missile procedure, standing for guided mesenchymal stem cell layering technique. Autologous stem cells (a patient’s own stem cells) combined with platelet rich plasma and autologous fat are sequentially placed using precise ultrasound guidance in the area of osteoarthritis. The goal is to repair articular cartilage and help patients regain their mobility without having to resort to joint replacement surgery.

 

How well regarded is our program? This is a direct quote from Don Margolis, the Chairman of the Repair Stem Cell Institute...”of our 9 approved centers, Arthritis Treatment Center becomes only the second to match Theravitae (2005) in pretreatment and treatment patient service.”

 

 



 

Howard T.

A 61 year old man with a four and a half year history of chronic right knee pain due to osteoarthritis presented to the Arthritis Treatment Center in July 17, 2009. He had had prior treatment with anti-inflammatory medicines, corticosteroid injections, and viscosupplements.

His baseline weight bearing knee x-ray is shown on the left dated January 7, 2009.

The following is the text of an email received in August 2010.

“I just came back from my orthopedist, I had a cortisone injection in my left knee. Not the knee you performed the procedure on. Anyway I asked if he could take an x-ray of my right knee and compare it to my last x-ray done on 1/7/09. Attached are both x-rays. Can Dr. Wei take a look and give me an opinion. My orthopedist said he sees growth…”

The follow up x-ray is dated August 25, 2010.

During the time that Mrs. Strite has seen Dr. Wei, she says "he's been a tremendous help. I have arthritis and a lot of knee pain. The treatments have had very good results." She continues, "I also started taking the Complete Wellness vitamins that Dr. Wei recommended and I have been able to cut back on some of my pain medication. The vitamins have helped me to feel better overall."
Thelma Strite -
Smithsburg, Maryland


"I started coming to see Dr. Wei about 15 years ago. I was in terrible pain. I couldn't raise my arms, bend my knees and I was forced to sit on the stairs and inch down them because my legs hurt so badly. I have been in several clinical research studies throughout the years. In fact, I had to stop one study because I was feeling too good! Dr. Wei has really, really helped me. If it weren't for him, I would be confined to a wheelchair today. The staff at the Arthritis Treatment Center are very special and I don't know where I could ever find a place that would treat me any better."
James Lawrence -
Union Bridge, Maryland


Mrs. Grove saw several doctors and specialists for her pain and symptoms before coming to Dr. Wei. She was more than relieved when Dr. Wei was able to provide a diagnosis—fibromyalgia. Mrs. Grove says, “Dr. Wei performed a number lab tests, asked more questions than were ever asked before and more importantly answered or attempted to answer all my questions. He was genuinely concerned about helping me find relief.” She continues, “finding out that there is a name for my disease and that hundred of thousands of people share this disease doesn’t make me feel like I was imagining my pain.” Furthermore, “the staff at ATC have made me feel welcome and comfortable and are very understanding of how I feel. My experience has been great! Simply Great!”
Ruth Grove -
Frederick, Maryland


 
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