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August 17, 2011

Hip Osteoarthritis: Successful Stem Cell Treatment

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of joint disease, affecting over 20 million individuals in the United States.  Osteoarthritis of the hip commonly results in pain, restriction in range of motion and diminished participation in activities.

CH is an active 51y/o patient with a longstanding history of  hip osteoarthritis who came to the Centeno-Schultz Clinic searching for an alternative to hip replacement.  He underwent stem cell treatments and notes agreater thanb 75% improvement.  He chose stem cell treatments as he wanted to avoid the complications associated with total hip replacement.

He underwent stem cell treatments in July 2010(Regenexx C) and Regenexx SD in  August and November 2010.

Hip outcomes have been previsouly discussed in Dr. Centeno’s blog.

CH has returned to backpacking and recently sent this e-mail:

“I am happy to report on my progress following Regenexx C/SD on my hip.  Prior to treatment, my last backpacking trip was January, 2009.  Since then, I went through the stages of semi-immobility with osteoarthritis.  Last weekend I went on my first  Post-Regenexx backpacking trip of 32 miles in two days in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  This represents long daily mileage for advanced hikers in this terrain.  Although I was apprehensive about trying such a long distance on my first trip out, I did fine.  Just a few small blisters on my toes and sore muscles the day after I got back.  I had a great time!


  1. I live in Australia, have arthritis and osteophytes and loss of cartilage in my right hip particularly. I had an arthroscopy in 2008 and have been waiting several years for stem cell treatment to reach the point where it can address this problem. Can the stem cell treatment currently succeed in replacing the cartilage? Does the treatment also involve cleaning up the joint or removing bone spurs? I have recently found the stiffness and aching in the joint to be worsening and two surgeons advised me to have a full replacement. I choose not to do so but persevere with various alternative pain and mobility treatments (supplements, Pilates, etc) and wait fpr stem cell developments. Kate

    Comment by Kate Herbert — October 4, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for the inquiry. Stem cell success varies considerably from patient to patient and is dependent upon many factors including but not limited joint health, prior surgeries, range of motion and current medical conditions.
      The best way to determine whether Regenexx is a vaiable option for you is to submit your information for review and participate in a telephone candidacy call.
      Hope this helps.

      Comment by stemcelldoc — October 4, 2011 @ 9:56 am

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