“I would absolutely seek treatment from this team again.”
I am a former multi-sport athlete who has had numerous surgeries on my left knee including an ACL repair and arthroscopic procedures to remove torn cartilage from the knee. After my last knee scope, my orthopedic surgeon told me that the next injury would likely require a total knee replacement. Nevertheless, I wanted to stay active and enjoy hiking, skiing, and coaching sports. But, the injuries had taken their toll and the pain after exercising was taking longer and longer to subside. After speaking with my physical therapist, Dr. Allison Nicklin (Revolution Rehabilitation), she recommended I consider seeing a doctor at 5280 Stem Cell, part of the Colorado Clinic, about getting a stem cell procedure.
My initial examination went well and the physician, Dr. Michael Shell, was very thorough explaining the procedures they would perform to help regrow the lost cartilage, reduce the pain, and hopefully delay or eliminate the need for a total knee replacement. Dr. Shell ordered imaging, lab work, and collaborated with Dr. Nicklin to develop a post-treatment protocol. Dr. Shell gave me his cell number and insisted that I call him directly with any questions or concerns. Additionally, I met the frequent “voice on the phone,” Ms. Jamie Ryman, who also gave me her contact information for any administrative issues which might arise.
I used both those numbers multiple times over the next several weeks.
Unfortunately, a complication was encountered, when a benign cartilage tumor was discovered just above the knee. Dr. Shell was concerned that the tumor might respond to injection of stem cells and begin to expand in size which could have split the femur. Dr. Shell did extensive literature research and consulted with experts in the field before determining that the risk of exposure of the tumor to new stem cells was significantly remote and felt the benefit of the procedure outweighed the risk. Moreover, Dr. Shell believed that post-procedure monitoring would mitigate the extent of any growth of the tumor and the procedure was rescheduled.
The procedure itself was definitely less painful and shorter in length than I expected. After a brief recovery at the clinic I left the clinic under my own power. Within the first week, I could tell that the procedure was working. I had been taking anti-inflammatory medication for years which I had to stop two weeks before the surgery and could not take again for a significant period after the procedure. To my surprise, I never felt the need to take any medication to treat the pain, because the pain was negligible.
About a month after the injections, I was evaluated at the clinic on the initial effectiveness of the procedure. The ligaments in the knee were significantly stronger and tighter and my kneecap was no longer loose and no longer rocked in its groove. When asked, I stated that 75% of my symptoms had already been resolved. I was told to expect the recovery to continue for potentially up to a year. I have since returned to coaching, wearing an uploader brace while walking around at practice. I continue to get physical therapy to strengthen and stabilize the knee. Other than occasional stiffness, my knee feels great and my overall experience has been great. I would absolutely seek treatment from this team again.