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The single protein injection which could replace the need for knee surgery for osteoarthritis sufferers

By SARA MALM – September 3, 2016

A single injection of protein harvested from a patient’s own blood may replace the need for knee surgery for osteoarthritis sufferers.

The new 20-minute procedure sees blood drawn from the patient’s arm, separated in a centrifuge, after which part of the fluid is then injected into the arthritic knee.

The surgeon who brought the treatment to the UK believes it can stop the need for keyhole surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee altogether.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, particularly affecting people aged 65 and over.

The degenerative condition affects the cartilage – the joint’s connective tissue – causing pain, stiffness and inflammation.

A trial study in the Netherlands published earlier this year showed that 85 per cent of patients had little to no pain in their knee six months after new procedure, which is called the NStride Autologous protein injection.

A further, larger, study based on work in Italy, Austria, Belgium and Norway, which has seen similarly positive results, is due to be published later this month.

About 55ml of blood is taken from a vein in the patient’s arm, mixed with an anticoagulant and centrifuged at high speed for 15 minutes, causing the blood to separate into three layers – a yellow blood plasma; a red blood cell concentration; and a ‘platelet-rich plasma’, a solution comprising platelet cells and some white blood cells.

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Drue De Angelis

Drue is Managing Partner for The De Angelis Group, Executive Search firm exclusively for the Ortho & Spine industry.

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84 Comments

  1. Can this be availed in India , my mother is suffering from arthritis & this could help her , since she does not want to have any kind of surgery ?

  2. I have gone through stromal vascular fraction treatment 5 months ago for my wife at Indore but knee pain has not gone. Please advise me whether this single injection treatment can be taken at this stage. Also get me contact address and cell no.

  3. Please suggest whether this treatment is available in India ? My mother is suffering with this kind and doctor suggested for knee replacement.

  4. Is this treatment available in Malaysia? My mum is 83 years old , she is suffering from arthritis in he knee . Can this treatment be done on her as she is too old to go for surgery?

  5. Where this treatment is available ? I would like to know – how popular and easily reachable the treatment is ? And , in India whom should I contact for further details ?
    Regards
    J. I. Mukherjee

  6. Can this be availed in India , my mother is suffering from arthritis & this could help her , since she does not want to have any kind of surgery ?

  7. Can’t a gel like the cartilage be discovered to place there with all the properties of smoothness and comfort of cartilage? Why the companies always find an incomplete solution with dependency of their continuous aid.

  8. Would this work on a patient who needs to undergo total knee replacement surgery?
    What is the cost of this new treatment

  9. Is this treatment available in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    I see there have been no responses to any queries.

  10. Is this treatment available in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    I see there have been no responses to any queries.

  11. Good Morning, Both my knees is affected from years of excercise.. I also do not want to have a knee replacement. Is this available in South Africa yet?

  12. I’m suffering with knee pain Since 2 years And interested to take treatment.kindlyprovde details information .

  13. I have constant pain and inflamation in both knees. Walking is absolutely painfull !
    Is this available in South Africa ?
    Please respond.

  14. I’m suffering from potts spine which was diagnosed in last august…. im on ATT since then, can anyone suggests me a good doc who can help me to get faster recovery

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