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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  1. Please let us know when will this be available in South Africa as my mother is in dire need of pain relief in her knees. Thank you

  2. Is this available in Canada yet? If not hoe long before we can get this? Thank you Thank you Thankyou! That’s me & my two bad knees

  3. I would like to know if this treatment is available in the RSA and if yes at which hospital, or which Doctor is practicing it.

  4. Remember this lasts only for 6 months ,and you have to get the injection once in every 6 months ,

  5. Is this treatment available in United Arab Emirates? Please share the contact details if it exists. Thank you

  6. Is this treatment available in South Africa? and if so which doctor can I contact?
    My mother is in need of this treatment.

  7. Hi can you please tell me if this injection is available in costa del sol spain if so where thank you

  8. Is this a simply research journal or practically doctors are following this type of surgery? I want to have this treatment on my knee in India . Please guide me and if possible give me contact details.

  9. Is this treatment is available in Hyderabad, India.
    Is there any age limit for this treatment ?
    Plz let me know the treatment cost.

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