Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery With Stem Cell Treatment

  • Updated July 7, 2017

“17, 18 19…” I happily counted off each step as I bounded up the suspended steel and concrete stairs. At the top of the first flight there was a breathtaking view of the ocean I considered a reward for my efforts, so I paused briefly to gaze out at the Pacific, then turned around and flew up the final 40 steps up to our vacation condo.

We’d stayed at this same condo a year ago, while on vacation in Costa Rica. At that time, the expedition up and down the 60+ steps, multiple times a day, was daunting and incredibly painful.

The reward of relaxing on the beach, or meals out motivated me, as I struggled up the jungle gym of a staircase. I used a combination of double-stepping and leaning my full weight onto the metal railing as I tried to lessen the impact of each excruciating step.

Here’s a photo my kids snapped of me last year:

A few years earlier, doctors told me both of my knees were “bone-on-bone” and needed replacing. They said it was my only hope of any restored function and pain relief.

What a difference a year makes!

This year, I kept up with our three children, had no clicking, aching or shooting pain and looked forward to the daily treks. I experienced a of sense euphoria as I confidently strode up and down the stairway!

The reason I’m not agile and pain free, is not because I had my knees replaced. I had (adipose) stem cell treatment in of my both knees a year ago. Learn more about my experience here.

Unfortunately, this treatment is currently not covered by insurance, but the amount I spent was far less than my out-of-pocket expenses would have been for a single knee replacement surgery.

I honestly didn’t know how, or if, the treatment would work, so I waited a while after having the procedure, before sharing the news of what I’d had done. Three months after my single day treatment, I had no pain as I walked, sat or slept, so I enthusiastically finally made an announcement on my Facebook page.

My friends and family were happy for me, but they remained dubious and want to see how I’m doing a year or so down the road.

The truth is, I don’t know how I’ll be doing a few years from now, but my condition has improved so drastically I’m just reveling in the moment!

It’s been a year since my treatment, and I am still amazed! The creaking, squeaking, grabbing, and shooting pain in both knees is a thing of the past. They can get stiff if I’ve been sedentary for any length of time, but once I get up and start moving, I feel like a kid again!

I’m also trying to lose a few pounds which will make things even better, but everything in it’s time.

I’ve got a number of friends who’ve had knee replacements this year and the majority of them aren’t doing great. Unfortunately, now that they’ve had their knee replaced with a device, they’re at the mercy of a man-made piece of equipment implanted in their body, that may, or may not hold up for the rest of their lives.

I also had the doctor inject some of my stem cells into the base of my thumbs, where I’d been experiencing constant pain due to age-related osteoarthritis, and that pain is COMPLETELY GONE!

I don’t know how my knees and hands will be doing in the future, but for now I’m back to doing yoga, going on hikes, keyboarding, gardening, and grateful beyond measure. I would absolutely have this procedure done again if I ever need to, and by that time, hopefully insurance will be covering this amazing treatment.

Find out more here: Stem Cell Treatment In My Knees And Hands Eliminated My Pain

Pura vida, Penny




8 comments on Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery With Stem Cell Treatment

  • Alicia-Joy Pierre

    Hi, Penny. That’s amazing! I have to look into this. My joints ache from Rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve kept it mostly at bay, but a few joints are worse than others (right hip and both knees and now my shoulders). I’m definitely going to do some research on this. Thank you for sharing.

    And, Costa Rica! It’s on my list of places to visit and host writing retreats there. Possibly We’ll see.

    Thanks again.

  • Shama

    That’s awesome. Love hearing alternative methods that have worked. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jo

    Wow Penny, that’s great news! I’m glad it all worked out well for you. That view would certainly be good motivation to take on the stairs 🙂

  • Zoe

    This is a great thing to share Penny. In the UK knee replacements are given on the NHS without many alternatives offered. I know some people who have a harder time afterwards. It’s great to hear of effective alternate treatments.

  • Rebecca

    Wow! I’ve never heard of that option before. It seems frustrating to me how long it takes great, new methods like that to gain traction.

    Loved how you wove the info and your story together. 🙂

  • Karen Schindel Johnson


    It can be scary to try something “out of the norm” but I truly believe there is far more success (dare I say “healing”) outside of allopathic practices than the public wants to admit. Much of todays medicine is a bandage, not getting to the root of a problem.

    Bravo for you trying something like that, and sharing your experience. Hopefully more people will choose alternative treatments.

  • Jonna

    I had stem cells done 6 weeks ago. I am still in a lot of pain. Shouldn’t I have some relief by now? I do start physical therapy next week and I’m hoping that will help.

    • Penny (author)

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re in pain Jonna. My experience was very positive with this treatment. I did have it done by a medical doctor in an accredited university hospital. There are many less qualified people performing this procedure, which makes it difficult for patients to discern who to have perform stem cell injections, and where. Not knowing anything about your case, I would recommend immediately contacting your doctor and reporting your symptoms. Let them determine if there’s a problem, and or how best to move forward. Praying for your swift healing!

      Pura vida, Penny

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