Chennai doctor treats London scientist knee pain with cells

Seventy-year-old scientist in London was suffering from chronic thigh and knee pain. After several visits and investigations, doctors there could not explain her symptoms and told her that her condition was a mystery to them. She then consulted orthopedic surgeon Dr A K Venkatachalam at Guest Hospital in Chennai and underwent stem cell therapy.

Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Venkatachalam said, “When I examined the scientist, she had two problems. One, an osteo arthritis, a chronic condition of joints where the cartilage gets worn out and another, vascular clodication, a condition of thigh pain due to rigid blood vessels.”

About the treatment, he said the stem cells from her bone marrow were used as a catalyst to regenerate cells in her knee and build up cartilage.

Although such a treatment is not the first of its kind, it shows the growing trend in stem cell therapy in our city. Also, a lot of people today suffer from arthritis, Venkatachalam said.

“While stem cell therapy is an effective tool for cure, patients should not take pain killers during the time of treatment.  Symptoms such as grinding of the bones and other undiscovered side effects can be negligible. Some of the causes for arthritis can be old age,” he said.

Flax seeds oil, amla and Vitamin C rich diet that help in building cartilage can be used to prevent such a state, he added.


Stem Cells are called Medicinal Signalling Cells as they act as a signal to repair and regenerate cells. They can be obtained from any part of the body such as third molar, umbilical chord and bone marrow. It can also be taken from dead foetus as embryonic cells.

Source: News Today

Who benefits from stem cell treatment of knee

After the press conference on cell treatment for the UK scientist, there has been a lot of interest from people of all ages. I wish to provide prospective patients some guidance as to who is eligible and who is not.

Firstly who are the eligible patients?

  1. Young people with mild to moderate knee arthritis
  2. Older people in whom a knee replacement may be risky.
  3. Patients not medically stable for knee replacement.

Who is not a suitable candidate for cell treatment?

  1. Patients with bone grating against bone.
  2. Subluxation of the joint due to sever wear.
  3. Young patients with gross deformities.