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Stem Cell Experiences

 

This Iron Man Knows How To Run!

"I’ve been running for most of my life. I didn’t start running competitively until I was in my 30’s and ran my first five mile race. From 1989 thru 1991, I ran three marathons. Gradually, in between runs, my knees would give me a bit of trouble. I underwent two arthroscopies in 1992 and 1993, and was told to quit running! Which I did for more than 7 years!

 

Approaching age 50, I was feeling a bit out-of-shape. I started running competitively again, running about 30 marathons and some ultra events (runs longer than 26 miles on all-terrain courses) over the next 7-8 years along with dozens of other shorter distance events. In 2004, I had a second scope on my left knee and in 2008, I had a second one done on my right knee. In 2005 I ran my first 50K (31 miles) in 13 degree weather and 8 inches of snow. I attempted to run a 100 mile run, but had to drop out at mile 70 because of blisters.

 

I was diagnosed with irreversible arthritis and in October 2010 by two renowned orthopedic centers, and I needed to know what options were available to me in regards to treatment.

 

After extensive research, I opted for regenerative therapy - a stem cell procedure – which used my own stem cells to regrow knee cartilage. I didn’t see any real risks or downsides to this procedure. So, I took a leap of faith and decided to move forward. Dr. Wei performed the stem cell procedure in December 2010. After three months of physical therapy, I was able to run the Bay Shore Marathon in May 2011, Solstice 10 miler in June 2011, Peterborough 70.3 triathlon in July 2011, 300 Mile/3 Day bike tour in July 2011, Crim 10 miler in August 2011, Ironman Wisconsin in September 2011, Prairie States Marathon and Marine Corp Marathon in October 2011.

 

Today, I run an average of 30 miles a week, swim about three miles a week, do a little yoga, and bike when the weather is good. My knee has recovered well beyond my expectations and I look forward to another Iron Man and an ultra or two in 2012."

Dennis Keener - Lake Orion, Michigan

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"In comparing other centers, Dr. Wei was the only physician to provide any outcome data."

Frederick Oldenburg MD, Bangor, Maine

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"I wrote you last month that I was going from my home in California to Dr. Nathan Wei in Maryland for stem cell for my hip. The doctor and his staff were fabulous. The clinic is spotless and I never felt any pain. Not even during the bone marrow. I'm only 10 days post treatment but still on crutches, but already I feel better and surprise I no longer have low back pain, which I had constantly before treatment. I guess just a little plus. I will keep you informed as to how I do. I know it will take awhile as my hip was pretty trashed. I will continue to recommend this doctor and his clinic."

Jeanne Young, Harbor City, California

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Watch videos from a few of the Arthritis Treatment Center's Stem Cell patients below. Click on each video to play.

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"After viewing your website and listening to Dr. Wei on your website, as well as the ad for the other clinic in Miami, I was much more impressed with Dr. Wei. And I liked his credentials. I seemed to trust what he was saying. I called! Your staff was very nice and you called me and then sent me an information packet and some on-line testimonials.

I presented the idea to my orthopedic surgeon. He discouraged me and said stem cell regeneration was several years ahead before they would be doing these procedures but that it may eventually replace knee replacements for many. However, he believed stem cell for me would only put off an inevitable replacement of my knee.

I put the information aside. Sometime later, I met an Army surgeon friend of my Nephew, who gave me information on the damages they do during replacements. I decided to come to see you for an evaluation. I had met others that had difficulty with replacements.

I chose your clinic because I believed Dr. Wei when he said he could help me, I liked your staff and kindness. It seemed like I would be cared for well! The clinic was in a convenient location to my daughter. But, most of all, I was convinced he was the best because he is an expert in Arthritis and he is certified in Arthroscopy and he is honest and forthright in his oral & written information; thorough and just a great doctor! I am very intuitive and read people well!"
Rhonda Hoffman, Madison, Alabama

Mrs. Changizi has suffered from osteoporosis for a long time. It primarily affected her wrist and low back. Her back pain limited her activities, making it difficult to get in and out of bed and cars without help.  She came to Dr. Wei, who gave her a back injection and started other therapy.  After three months, she felt much improvement.  She is able to exercise and walk 6 blocks every day.  Mrs. Changizi says that coming to ATC “is like going to my friend’s house. Dr. Wei and all his employees are so kind to me. Dr. Wei has so much patience.”
Iran Changizi,
Frederick, Maryland

 

In comparing other centers, Dr. Wei was the only physician to provide any outcome data.
Frederick Oldenburg MD, Bangor, Maine


 
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