In a new study from doctors in Italy, researchers at the University of Bologna discussed the current options patients have for sparing their ankle from replacement surgery.

These options include:

  • Arthroscopic debridement, a surgical procedure that uses a “power wash” to spray off damaged cartilage, bone and other tissue.
  • Arthrodiastasis, rods are inserted into the ankle bones and suspended from a external cage, this is a picture from Podiatry Today. The idea is to provide more bone space to allow cartilage to grow and heal.
  • Ankle osteotomy. a surgery that shaves or remodels the bone.

As the Italian researchers point out: “(these) are the current joint sparing procedures, but, in the available studies, controversial results were achieved.”

In studying stem cell injections they were able to note: After interesting reports of mesenchymal stem cells seeded on scaffold (a biological patch) and applied to cartilage defects in non-degenerated joints, bone marrow derived cells transplantation appears to be a promising technique in order to control the degenerative pathway and restore the osteochondral (bone and cartilage) defects.1

Here is a stem cell testimonial from a patient who not only had chronic pain but was also in a wheelchair when she came to our office because she was recommended to have an ankle replacement.

Three weeks after the stem cell procedure she used a walker and 9 weeks post procedure was walking normally without any pain nor assistance.

At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we have specialized in the non-surgical treatment of joint pain and injury since 1999 and as of 2015, have performed over 60,000 regenerative procedures, on everyone from top professional football players to elderly patients hoping to avoid joint replacement.

1 Castagnini F, Pellegrini C, Perazzo L, Vannini F, Buda R. Joint sparing treatments in early ankle osteoarthritis: current procedures and future perspectives. Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics. 2016;3:3. doi:10.1186/s40634-016-0038-4.