Regenerative Medicine to the Max

Unique alternative to surgery for joint pain.

Richard “Dick” McCarthy is a very active senior. At 83, the Vermont native still loves to play pickleball, ride his bicycle, swim and golf. The retired history teacher and soccer coach has paid a price for his activity and longevity. For years, he battled the agony of arthritis in his knees.

Photo courtesy of Regenerative Biologics Institute.

Dick was able to avoid surgery by using his own stem cells and growth factors.

“I had an aching pain in both of my knees,” he confirms. Dick was diagnosed by his physician with osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear type that generally occurs with age. Along with the destruction of the cushioning cartilage in the joints typical of osteoarthritis, the lubricating fluid, called synovial fluid, also begins to thin over time.
“Over the past four years, my orthopedic surgeon has given me synthetic synovial fluid shots into my knees,” shares Dick. “The first time he gave me the injections, the pain relief lasted about two years. The second time, it lasted probably six months. Then, in October of last year, I had the injections done again, and that lasted three months. They just weren’t doing the job.
“After that, I had a lot of pain in my knees, and I couldn’t do my activities as frequently. I used to run, but I couldn’t do that anymore. I could only play pickleball about once a week when I normally played three times a week. Instead of riding my bike three or four times a week, I’d ride maybe once or twice on a weekend. My knees just couldn’t handle it.”
Dick was told by his doctor the next step in his treatment was surgery, but Dick was not satisfied with that advice. Instead, he kept his options open and was rewarded when he discovered an alternative to surgery.
“I wanted to avoid knee replacement surgery,” he stresses, “and I heard about Regenerative Biologics Institute (RBI), and I inquired about them. I met with Jason, who was very knowledgeable. He interviewed me and suggested their special PRP and stem cell therapy.”
Dick’s interview was with Jason Griffeth, MS, clinical director and stem cell scientist at Regenerative Biologics Institute in Vero Beach. Jason works closely with the Institute’s medical director, Brett Haake, DO, a board-certified anesthesiologist and regenerative medicine specialist. Dr. Haake, Jason and the rest of the clinical staff spent ten years optimizing Regenerative Biologics Institute’s unique treatment protocol, RegenMax™ Injection Therapy.
“RegenMax is a proprietary formulation of the highest-quality stem cells, platelets and other bioactive growth factors,” describes Jason. “The cells and growth factors work together to stimulate healing in an arthritic or injured joint.
“Dick was an active senior, and was having significant pain due to bone-on-bone degenerative arthritis. He was looking for nonsurgical treatment options that would substantially reduce his pain so he could continue doing his activities. We treated him with RegenMax Injection Therapy, and he like most patients had a very positive response.”

Effective Option

RegenMax Injection Therapy involves a brief, minimally invasive procedure that provides a beneficial alternative to surgery for reducing joint pain and regenerating arthritic or injured tissue. It is office based, with little or no downtime or recovery. Patients generally walk into the Institute for the injections and walk out a couple of hours later with minimal restrictions.
“It is important for people to understand that RBI uses the individuals’ own stem cells, platelets and growth factors when creating the formulation for their RegenMax therapy,” notes Jason. “As stem cell scientists, we do everything possible to maintain the highest stem cell viability and functionality in order to maximize the regenerative potential for patients. It creates a real, effective solution to treat degenerative arthritis and joint injuries and potentially avoid major surgery.
“To perform RegenMax, we harness the body’s natural healing ability in the form of stem cells and platelets, concentrate that, then put it directly into the area of need, such as an arthritic joint. We use ultrasound or fluoroscopy to precisely guide the injections.”
Stem cells are cells that are not assigned to be a specific type of cell. When placed in an area and stimulated appropriately, stem cells can develop as cells of that area, replacing the worn out or damaged tissue there. In joints, for example, stem cells can become cartilage cells and rebuild that deteriorated tissue. That’s the essence of regenerative medicine.

“Jason and everyone at Regenerative Biologics Institute is very professional and accommodating. Let me put it this way – I trust them!” – Dick

Platelets are specialized cells found in blood. They are the cells responsible for clotting at the site of an injury. Platelets contain many healing substances and growth factors that can stimulate and assist stem cells in their regenerative activity.
“To harvest stem cells, we generally perform a mini-lipoaspirate on the person’s abdomen or flank,” explains Jason. “During this minimally invasive procedure, we remove a small sample of fat tissue, which is the richest source of stem cells in the body. We get the platelets from a regular blood draw.
“The RegenMax therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect, which can reduce pain, within the first couple of weeks following injection. However, the real regenerative effects from the stem cells and growth factors take a month or more to achieve.”
In January 2017, Dick underwent his treatment at Regenerative Biologics Institute. He had a single RegenMax injection in
each knee.
“RegenMax Injection Therapy was no problem,” he relates. “The injections were similar to those for the synovial fluid, so they didn’t bother me, just a little discomfort. After the treatment, I was able to drive back to Melbourne Beach. Jason told me not to play pickleball for a few days. That was on a Saturday, and I played on Tuesday with no issues.”
“Dick was told he needed knee replacement surgery,” observes Jason. “With RBI’s RegenMax Injection Therapy, he was able to avoid that and become pain free. He’s remained pain free and active a year later.”

At Full Speed

As Jason explained, the full effects of RegenMax injection therapy aren’t apparent for weeks after treatment, but patients often feel some pain relief soon after the injections. Dick experienced this rapid relief early on, while the PRP, stem cells and growth factors continued to heal his damaged knees.
“I started feeling pain relief from the injections when I played pickleball on that Tuesday following the procedure,” he states.
Dick notes that his knees have gotten considerably better since his RegenMax injection therapy. And without that constant aching pain, he’s back to his activities at full speed.
“I’m back to my activities. I play golf on Mondays and Fridays, and pickleball on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I bike in the morning on those days, too, and also on the weekends.”
RegenMax injection therapy resulted in a very positive outcome for Dick. Best of all, he was able to avoid knee replacement surgery using this alternative treatment option. He is happy to recommend the Regenerative Biologics Institute to others.
“Jason and everyone at the Regenerative Biologics Institute is very professional and accommodating,” he says. “Let me put it this way –
I trust them!”

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