Furthermore, due to the complex interaction between the Hoffa body, inflammation, degeneration and remodeling processes, we rely on stem cell therapy derived from our own fatty tissue for cartilage therapy at the knee. Since 2013, Prof. Schoettle has had extensive knowledge about the use of adult stem cells and their precursors in orthopaedics. In Munich, we currently use a procedure that has already been used in more than 10,000 cases worldwide for the treatment of gonarthrosis and is also accepted by the FDA.
Stem cells are the firemen and at the same time the maintenance team of our body and become active when they are attracted by dying cells or inflammations. They not only have a maximum anti-inflammatory effect, but also the possibility to multiply themselves and differentiate into the damaged tissue and thus achieve regeneration. They can also form new blood vessels to nourish the dead cartilage and support regeneration. When stem cells from the same “family” are brought into an affected area, they have a multimodal effect because they inhibit inflammation, ensure nutrition through the formation of new blood vessels and can replicate the affected tissue.
And since Prof. Schoettle’s method uses the body’s own fat, there are no side effects.
The procedure can be performed either in isolation or in combination with other procedures. Under light anaesthesia, 60-100 cc of fat are extracted from the abdomen, mechanically processed with the cells contained in the fat and applied to the affected region under light anaesthesia after almost an hour. Our patients can leave the clinic immediately afterwards. In the liposuction region, an abdominal belt should be worn for 48 hours. We also recommend the use of crutches for 2 weeks in order to fully develop cartilage healing. No sporting activities should be carried out during this time.
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