Beijing Puhua International Hospital (BPIH): Regenerative Medicine for Knee and Hip in China

Do you suffer from knee or hip arthritis? Have you been told that replacement surgery is your treatment option?

Knee and hip ‘replacement surgery’ is NOT the only option to treat your joint pain…

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing and renewing human stem cell lines to enable tissues and organs to restore and re-establish optimal function. By means of simple injections for the knee and hip we can prime the body to regenerate, or functionally heal, worn, damaged or injured cartilage and bone cell lines. We address what is a stem cell deficiency by injecting and repopulating the joint with new stem cells: cells that naturally regenerate fresh, new tissues.

It is known that surgeons replace millions of knees and hips each year around the world. These surgeries are so common that it seems like everyone who experiences knee or hip arthritis anticipates needing a replacement surgery at some point in their lives. But, how much do you know about these surgeries? What does the procedure entail? What are the possible side effects? How effective is replacement in treating the osteoarthritis? And do you think you can regain your active life after implanting artificial joint into your body? 

First, let’s take a look at knee replacement surgery animation and a knee injection animation to see what does both procedures entails:

The traditional medical treatments aim to remove damaged cartilage, provide lubrication with hyaluronic acid, or use steroid to quiet pain & inflammation. Unfortunately, steroids will lead to a number of side effects with prolonged use. These treatment methods are considered “temporary” treatments, They buy time but do not restore or re-grow the damaged or injured cartilage. Sadly, most of the patients who use these traditional, temporizing methods of treatment will live to see their condition worsened, and may then be offered surgical placement of an artificial joint. Not a pretty picture...

Regenerative Medicine is different than previous methods: it regrows the worn and injured tissues by replacing the missing stem cells, and helping the body to maintain itself.

Aging arthritis of the knee and hip is basically a stem cell deficiency: the gradual loss of repair stem cells is the key problem. Thus the most obvious, elegant and natural solution to a stem cell deficiency is renew and augment their numbers with fresh, new stem cells derived from the body’s SVF.

This SVF (Stromal Vascular Fraction) is obtained by first extracting adipose tissue (fat), and then harvesting it for MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) which are in the SVF. The refined SVF is injected into the knee or hip joint, and later injections of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) activate & stimulate the differentiation of MSCs (within the SVF) into producing new cartilage. The SVF obtained from 100cc adipose tissue contains around 40 million MSCs.

Patients who follow this relatively simple treatment program generally begin to feel symptomatic relief within ~2 weeks, followed by several months of cartilage regeneration. We can see the new cartilage growth by MRI comparison only 3 months after the procedure. This technique can thus be seen as optimal treatment for knee & hip arthritis. This procedure is extremely safe and does not entail any surgical risks or even involve general anesthesia. Thus patients with advanced age, diabetes, hypertension and other medical issues are good candidates for this gentle & elegant treatment.

​Replacement Surgery vs. Regenerative Treatment

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