October 2017 – Dr. Wade McKenna

Bone Marrow for Bowling

After injuring his knee in his early 20s, Chad finally was fed up as he neared his 40s. He realized that he was having knee pain, including swelling, and after Dr. McKenna performed an MRI, it was discovered that Chad no longer had an ACL.

 

Chad actually worked at the facility where Dr. McKenna performs his surgeries, and had watched thousands of surgeries performed under McKenna’s care. He finally brought it up to Dr. McKenna, and wanted to talk about options for his two-decade old injury.

 

As an avid bowler, Chad was able to get back to the bowling alley thirty days after his ACL surgery. Thirty days. Let that sink it.

 

But how?

 

Dr. McKenna utilizes bone marrow harvested from the patient to aid in the healing and recovery of the injury. In Chad’s case, his marrow was harvested and injected into his knee to speed up his recovery immensely. With virtually no pain during his recovery, he was able to back to knocking down pins faster than he ever thought possible.  With using harvested bone marrow, the down time between surgery and getting life back on track, is sped up significantly. Chad didn’t even need to undergo physical therapy. The incredible structure of our own bone marrow, is that in contains what is called mesendchymal stem cells, and they promote tissue growth as well as an increase blood supply to new or damaged tissue. So by using your own bone marrow, recovery is closer in reach.

 

To see Chad’s entire story, you can view it here.

 

To learn more about Dr. Wade McKenna’s services, contact us today.

 

Volleyball Star Rises With Stem Cells

Meet Elizabeth. A college volleyball star at the University of Arkansas. Elizabeth suffered a major blowout to her ankle during practice, leaving her tendons and ligaments completely shot. University doctors recommended she undergo surgery, which would put her volleyball career in jeopardy, but there had to be another option.

 

Elizabeth’s father approached Dr. Wade McKenna to see if there were any other options on the table. Dr. McKenna took a look at her MRI scans, and recommended stem cell therapy for her injury to avoid invasive surgery.

 

Dr. McKenna harvested Elizabeth’s own bone marrow to inject into her injured ankle. A major surgery can put one back months and months, while stem cell therapy can put the patient back on their feet within 8-10 weeks.

 

Elizabeth was back on the court ten weeks later with this minimally invasive procedure. With this technology, Elizabeth’s downtime was limited, so she wasn’t set back for too long, and she was able to get back into the game in no time.

 

Elizabeth went on to play two more years of volleyball, proving her strength and ability to overcome a significant injury. She attributes her healing success to the help of Dr. McKenna, and is grateful for the expertise of McKenna Orthopedics.

 

The bottom line? Stem cell therapy allows for a quicker recovery without the lengthy recovery time of traditional surgery. You can see Elizabeth’s full story here.

 

Are you suffering with an injury or other joint pain? Here at McKenna Orthopedics, we can get you back onto your feet, so you can get back onto the court (or the bike, green, or any other game of choice). Your suffering can end, and it can end with minimal down time.

 

Contact us today to learn more.