“I was scheduled for a bilateral partial knee replacement when I came across Dr. Coleman’s Stem Cell Therapy Program,” said Jorge Gutman, an active, athletic 54-year old suffering from debilitating arthritis pain in both knees. Tired of being held back from his very active business and lifestyle, he was searching for a better solution to his chronic knee pain.
After running through the gamut of medical options, including hyaluronic acid injections (artificial joint fluid), Mr. Gutman decided to try one last thing; prior to the final decision of partial joint replacement. “Although I do not recommend waiting until there is this little cartilage and with much other disease present, Jorge was quite lucky to get such an excellent result,” said Dr. Coleman.
His decision to cancel surgery was a very personal decision that he and his wife made based on their desires and needs. In Jorge’s case, it turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life, and something that truly pleased his wife.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
“I never try to influence patients one way or the other regarding elective surgeries, but if they ask me about other options, I give them the best informed consent that I am able to. That’s my duty as a physician.”
“Certainly, there are many times when the Surgeon is your best, and most important friend,” said Dr. Coleman.
“Three months after Dr. Coleman extracted my bone marrow and fat cells and re-injected them back into my knees, I now have a 90% reduction in pain. The mobility is unbelievably improved,” Jorge said of his experience with the MedicalMasters.org Stem Cell Therapy Program.
Feedback From Jorge
Mr. Gutman reports that he is now able touch both knees with virtually zero tenderness, while also being able to perform basic activities of daily living, including bending and crossing his knees, and getting up from the toilet without pain. That really is a big deal.
For the last two years these simple movements had triggered horrific pain and disability for Jorge. For the first time in years, things are getting better, not worse.
90-Day Follow Up
At his 90-day follow up visit with Dr. Coleman, Jorge’s wife Mahaela confirmed the steady progress in his knee mobility and pain reduction since the initial injections.
Wife of Jorge
“His pain gradually disappeared each day. I would ask him daily: ‘is it better or worse today?’ Each time he would answer: ‘BETTER!’”
The procedures, which took just a few hours to administer at Dr. Coleman’s clinic in Bonita Springs, Florida USA were almost painless according to Jorge. “The worst part was the knee injections, not the bone marrow procedure,” according to Jorge.
Following his successful treatment, Mr. Gutman has been able to return to activities he and his wife were previously denied, such as walking on the beach together, riding their bikes, and getting back to the gym. These simple life pleasures were unthinkable until now for Jorge, who described the debilitating and constant effects of knee pain due to osteoarthritis:
Stem Cell Patient
“I was laying in bed, sleeping with pain. And, it was 24-hours per day. I could not do basic things properly, like walk or bend my knees. I was on my way to the surgeon’s table before my visit to Dr. Coleman,”
“When Jorge walked into my office for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) just before Christmas, he was hobbling badly, with an obvious gait disorder caused by arthritic knees and more than 18 years of punishing work in the construction industry,” said Dr. Coleman.
“He described needle and knife like pains jabbing the knees, near the ligament attachment areas of the bone. It was causing him so much discomfort that he could not touch the knee without wincing in pain.”
During the initial osteopathic physical examination, Dr. Coleman also noted the extreme crepitance and crackling in the knee joints while palpating the knee, and during positive orthopedic motion tests.
“Jorge indicated to me a pain level of 8 out 10 prior to the stem cell procedures. At his 90-day follow up visit, he now reports that the pain has dropped to 2 out of 10, which is remarkable indeed.”
“His gait (walking) now appears largely normal, suggesting a strong recovery. The video of him post-procedure speaks for itself. This is the truth, and the proof, as we now know it.
This is real progress,” said Dr. Coleman.
Advanced Cellular Therapies
The advanced procedures used in Jorge’s case involved extracting a combination of hematopoietic stem cells (bone marrow) and mesenchymal stem cells found in fat tissue (adipose), along with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from his own blood. There are no infectious diseases possible when using this strategy. This synergistic combination is used to help promote tissue and possibly help cartilage regeneration. The minimally invasive procedure also stimulates cytokine proteins, which help to promote the healing processes and modulate inflammation.
“I also followed Dr. Coleman’s advice and made sure that I moved my knees as much as possible and drank plenty of water in the days following the procedure.”
This “active recovery process” is recommended in order to help accelerate the healing cascade while minimizing the chances of a blood clot forming. It also maximizes gains in the range of motion for the treated joints.
“There was definitely some discomfort in the first 1 to 2 days following the knee injections, and I struggled with walking, but within the next two weeks I noticed a rapid improvement and now there is barely any pain at all,” said Mr. Gutman of his recovery journey following the procedure.
Dr. Coleman will be continuing to monitor Jorge’s progress over the next year or two to optimize the recovery process using his background in osteopathic regenerative medicine.
“Whenever possible, my goal is to give patients an alternative to riskier surgery. I previously described the negative consequences of allowing joint pain to escalate to full bone-on-bone osteoarthritis which at that point becomes difficult to treat,” said Dr. Coleman. “I try to stress the importance of taking action against joint degeneration before this stage of chronic inflammation and deterioration is reached.”
“Unfortunately, some people choose not to do anything before the end stage for a few reasons. Since insurance does not cover regenerative medicine procedures like stem cells, some patients hesitate to spend their money on their health. If you wait until there is no other option besides major joint surgery, your insurance will cover it, but beware the hidden costs involved,” Dr. Coleman said.
“Fortunately, Jorge decided to seek alternatives, and took action to avoid a surgery that he did not want. In this limited situation, stem cell therapy has kept him off of the operating table and has allowed us to positively influence the negative effects of ligamentous laxity and osteoarthritis.”
Meanwhile, Jorge and his wife Mihaela are looking forward to the healing process and are hopeful about the long-term benefits of regenerative medicine.
“I am definitely getting better. I went from being barely able to walk right after the procedure, to walking very slowly, to walking almost normally now. Little by little my knees are improving. Stem Cell Therapy has fixed it. I’m anxiously waiting to see what the next four or five months brings!”
Dr Coleman was delighted to help Jorge and Mihaela, but cautioned that:
“Doctors don’t heal patients. Cells do.
But it sure is fun to be the quarterback for the team.”
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More about Dr. Coleman, D.O, and our clinic.
Michigan State University
Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate education at Michigan State University, laying a strong foundation in Internal Medicine.
Kirksville College of
He attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, which was the very first school of osteopathic medicine in the world.
American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM
With certificate number 42, he was one the first physicians to become board certified by the American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM
Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O
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