Thursday, October 11, 2007

Knee Arthritis Helped with Platelet Rich Plasma, Warsaw, Poland Oct 07'


- Utilization of Platelet-derived growth factors for the treatment of cartilage degenerative pathology Clinical research / Knee (Chondral and Osteochondral defects)

E. Kon, G. Filardo, M. Lo Presti, M. Delcogliano, F. Iacono, C. Montaperto, M. Marcacci; Bologna/IT
Purpose
The influence of the growth factors on cartilage repair is not yet widely studied and its application in clinics is still experimental. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a natural concentrate of autologous growth factors and actually is widely experimented in different fields of medicine. The method is simple, low cost and minimally invasive. The aim of our study is to determine the short-term effect of PRP in cartilage degenerative pathology.
Methods and Materials
30 symptomatic patients (40 knees) were treated with autologous PRP intra-articular injections for degenerative cartilage pathology. Mean age of the patients was 51 years (range:35y to 80y). 3 injections were performed every 3 weeks. All patients were clinically evaluated at the end of the treatment and at 6 months follow up. IKDC, SF36, EQ-VAS, scores were used for clinical evaluation and patient stisfaction and functional status were also recorded.
Results
Statistically significant improvement of all scores was detected after treatment and was maintained at 6 months. Subjective IKDC evaluation showed a significant score enhancement from 37,9 before the treatment to 59,0 after the treatment. Significant correlation of clinical outcome with patients age was found. While the group of patients less then 60 years old have shown 85% of improvement, the group of patients over 60 showed only 30% of improvement of clinical outcome.

Conclusions
Our study have demonstrated a positive effect of treatment of degenerative cartilage pathology with Platelet-derived growth factors in middle-age patients (<60y) at short term. Medium-long term studies are needed to confirm the durability of this treatment.


ICRS - International Cartilage Repair Society.

2 comments:

Surfer John said...

I'm a very healthy 63 year old surfer, skier, bicycle rider, distance walker, etc. I've had several knee surgeries on both knees and an ACL on both. My doctor tells me I need two knee replacements pretty soon and needless to say I'm very reluctant. Do you need any guinea pigs by any chance? I would very much love to volunteer. Anything but a double replacement would be worth taking a chance on.
Thanks,
John DL Arendsen
760 419-3635
surferjohn@cox.net

John Arendsen said...

Im still waiting for a response from my first comment regarding my request. If you don't need any volunteers how much does the treament cost and where could I get it done?
Thanks,
John DL Arendsen
surferjohn@cox.net
760 419-3635