orthoadmin – Dr. Wade McKenna

3 Questions About Stemnexa

1. What is the biggest advantage of a Stemnexa-Rx™ treatment?

 

The biggest advantage of non-surgical Stemnexa procedure is, under the right circumstances, avoiding surgery.

The best example of this in the literature is with tennis elbow. It got that name because it was ruining tennis players’ careers. They couldn’t squeeze a racket or hit a backhand. Once this situation turns chronic it’s very difficult to treat. Even with surgical reconstruction, 20% of patients never return to normal.

Dr. McKenna – “We just published a case study about an Achilles’ tendon patient with a 10-year history of a chronic full thickness, intertendinous disruption that prevented her from playing tennis, shopping longer than 20 to 30 minutes or even walking on uneven terrain like cobblestone streets.

After one stem cell injection into the inner substance of her Achilles’ tendon, she was back playing tennis after 10 weeks, and at 7 months, she showed no signs of changes within the tendon on MRI. She had complete tendon homogeneity and was completely healed.”

In our practice, it’s common to for these patients to recover after STEMNEXA-Rx (non-surgical) without a splint or arm sling. They are typically doing stretches immediately after the injection. The day after that, they must ice their elbow. For the next several weeks, all they have to do is avoid heavy lifting, pushing or pulling. It’s common for these patients to regain normal function in 4 to 6 weeks.

 

 

2.  What are the biggest advantages of Stemnexa-Sx™ (Surgical)?

 

The latest technological advances are utilized at McKenna Orthopedics to try and correct the problem and shorten the healing time. This also affects the overall complication rate. The best example is a big surgery like an ACL reconstruction. The average healing time for ACL surgery is 369 days and during that time, patients are at increased risk of rupture and failure.

McKenna Orthopedics ACL patients have healed in as little as 16 to 20 weeks after Stemnexa-Sx. They have greatly reduced complication risk and can return to their normal activities much sooner.

Don’t rely on pain management to mask the injury. Explore biologic therapies with a group committed to the most minimally invasive procedures that help the body heal naturally and effectively.

Another big advantage is lower post-surgery infection rates. The normal infection rate for orthopedic surgeries is between 1% and 3%. After performing over 3,000 surgeries with biologics, Dr. McKenna has not had a single instance of post-surgery infection, which is quite remarkable.

The technology utilized in Stemnexa-Sx also reduces post-surgery inflammation, which increases patient comfort and speeds up the onset of the regenerative healing process.

Lastly, the proprietary technology enables Dr. McKenna to reconstruct tendons like the ACL using the largest, strongest tendon replacement without having to weaken another part of the patient’s body, which happens when doctors remove part of one tendon to repair another one.

3. Is Stemnexa FDA approved?

 

All of the Stemnexa Bone Marrow Procedures performed in the U.S. today are same-day procedures that are compliant with CFR 21 Part 1271, falling under the same surgery exemption discussed in 1271.15 (b).

Amniotic tissue, such as the tissue used in Stemnexa, has been used since 1910 in the US and is now FDA-exempt for treating wounds and other conditions. It was first used for treating eye problems, primarily corneas and is still widely used in ophthalmology today.

The Bio-Mac bone marrow aspiration cannula and the AUTOSPIN Magellan centrifuge have received 501(k) clearances from the US FDA.

 

Patient Travels to Get World-Class Care

Grab your tissues. Terry’s story truly pulls at the heartstrings.

 

Back in 1985, Terry was in a bicycling accident, and both of her legs were injured. She didn’t realize the extent of her injuries, and made due.

 

In 2003, she had her first heart attack, and after the second heart attack, she was down for the count. She utilized stem cell technology for her heart. To get her heart healthy, she started walking, and in doing so, she ripped the cartilage in the tendons in her knee. Terry was wheelchair bound for six months, which was incredibly challenging.

 

Terry is a fighter, and traveled to the Bahamas for an International stem cell conference, where she sought the advice and expertise of a doctor who would take care of her using stem cells. Doctors and scientists gathered for this conference, and enter stage left, Dr. Wade McKenna.

 

Terry was impressed with Dr. McKenna and the results of his patients. Later, Terry approached Dr. McKenna and asked if he could help her out.

 

After the conference, she set up an appointment. She flew from her home in Florida to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to seek help from McKenna Orthopedics.

 

 

The surgery, with use stem cells took place in April, and by June, Terry was up and around. She is now walking five miles a day, riding a motorcycle, and enjoying the fullness of life. She is leaving the wheelchair in the dust, and couldn’t be happier to have both knees fully functional.

 

You must watch Terry’s full story here.

 

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.

 

Fall Is In the Air

With the changing season, many of us have football on the brain. Football and fall(s) seem to go hand-in-hand. And with football, injuries unfortunately do take place. As with any sport, the risk of injury is prevalent, but there are precautions and treatments if injury happens.

 

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. Here at McKenna Orthopedics, the goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it’s Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.

 

Because of the frequent use, wear-and-tear and risk of a fall or accident associated with sports activities, athletes are often susceptible to orthopedic injuries, including a stress fracture, chronic pain, or a tearing or stretching or internal structures. Different activities place different areas at a higher risk for damage, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself while playing sports. Treatment for these conditions may involve surgery, orthotics, physical therapy and rest.

 

We offer a variety of treatments if you or your athlete is suffering from an injury. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments.

The Shoulder Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone

Everything is the body in interconnected. Isn’t it amazing how if one thing is out of whack, the rest of the body suffers? Have you ever stubbed your toe so badly that it was then hard to walk? One little toe can wreak havoc on the state of the rest of your body.

 

Here at McKenna Orthopedics, we believe in getting you up and running so you can live your best life. Whether its your toe or your back, we want to help.’

 

We offer a pleathora of options and procedures, so you can be confident in your treatment plan. Dr. Wade McKenna has performed over 20,000 surgeries, and with his expertise and innovation, we are hopeful that you will experience healing.

 

You may be experiencing knee pain or shoulder pain. Maybe your back pain has become unmanageable. Whatever stage in life you are in, we want to be in your mind as the best place to come to receive the treatment you deserve.

 

At McKenna Orthopedics, we offer solutions both surgical, and non-surgical that will get you back into the game, faster and with great results.

 

We would love to connect with you, and start the conversation so you can get back to doing life, and living out your best days.

 

 

The Top 5 Questions About Treatment at McKenna Orthopedics

Q.  Why should I choose McKenna Orthopedics over another clinic?

A.  At McKenna Orthopedics, we take pride in serving our patients with care, compassion and unique procedures to get you back in the game of life quickly, and with less discomfort. Dr. Wade McKenna has performed over 20,000 surgeries and procedures, so you can be confident that you are in good hands.

 

Q. What is the biggest advantage of undergoing a Stemnexa-Rx™ treatment?

A.  The biggest advantage of non-surgical Stemnexa procedure is, under the right circumstances, avoiding surgery. Many of our patients get back to the activities they love within a matter of months, and they avoid going under the knife.

 

Q.  How can stem cell therapy help me and my current condition?

A.  Many patients that have aches, whether it be the elbow or the knee, can benefit from a procedure using Stemnexa. Cell therapy helps to revascularize, which is a big word for allowing oxygen to reach the tissues, which can then reduce inflammation, prevent cell death. It can actually help the damaged tissue repair itself.

 

Q.  Will I need surgery or can I just use stem cell therapy to help me feel better?

A.  At McKenna Orthopedics, we will review your history, review any MRIs, and talk with you in person. We strive to perform the least invasive and effective procedure that we can, because that means that you feel better sooner rather than later.

 

Q.  If I do need surgery, do you use stem cells too?

A.  It depends, but we certainly try to incorporate Stemnexa-Sx™ when we can. Using a biologic like Stemnexa can allow the patient a faster recovery as well as reduction in complications and infection.

 

Want to learn more? Feel free to reach out to us. We would love to continue the conversation with any more questions you have. We look forward to connecting.

The Backbone of Our Clinic

Here at McKenna Orthopedics, we strive to innovate so you, the patient, can receive top-notch care and excellent results. While we offer a breadth of services, surgeries and treatments, the backbone of our clinic focuses on stem cell therapy.

 

Stem cells are these remarkable biologics that can aid and speed up healing in our patients. With positive result after positive result, and we can claim that this technology is worth looking into.

 

In a study published in 2015, entitled the “Percutaneous injection of autologous bone marrow concentrate significantly reduces lumbar discogenic pain through 12 months” patients who experienced back pain were injected with their own bone marrow. This is called BMAC, or bone marrow aspirate concentrate. After twelve months, these patients’ back pain dropped significantly.

 

What is amazing about our own cells, is that they contain what is called mesendchymal stem cells, and they have been proven to promote tissue growth as well as an increase blood supply to new or damaged tissue. So by using your own cells, you can be on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Wade McKenna has performed thousands of surgeries and procedures, and is confident in getting you the best results. Whether you suffer back pain, joint pain, neck pain, knee or elbow pain, our goal here at McKenna Orthopedics is to get you back up and running, because we all know that you are the backbone of your family.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our life-giving procedures.

 

Your Best Wrist Forward

Your Best Wrist Forward

 

Recently we have delved into the various functions of the body including the shoulder and the knee. The wrist, though a smaller part of the body, is intricate and in need of care and attention. The wrist is made up of several small bones, eight to be exact, known as carpals. Those bones support a tubal structure that runs through your wrist. That tube is called the carpal tunnel, and it has tendons and a nerve inside. It is covered by a ligament, which holds it in place.

Wrist pain is extremely common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Typing, tennis, knitting can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist pain that involves bruising and swelling can be a sign of injury. The signs of a possible fracture include misshapen joints and inability to move your wrist. Some wrist fractures are a result of osteoporosis.

Other common causes of wrist or hand pain are sprains and strains, tendonitis, arthritis, gout and pseudo-gout.

If you suffer from chronic or acute wrist or hand pain due to arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or injury, then you may benefit from physical therapy, traditional orthopedic care, non-surgical stem cell injections or even stem cell-enhanced surgery.

At McKenna Orthopedics, we specialize in treating wrist discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, stem cell injections and surgery.

At McKenna Orthopedics we are augmenting BMAC with a proprietary, pliable tissue allograft (transplant) derived from human stem cells (donated from the amniotic tissue from a live birth), which functions as a biologic structural matrix to accelerate and enhance tissue healing and repair. It contains 108 different growth factors including more than 10 times the amount of WNT-4 and more than 60 times the amount of prostaglandin as competing products.

Prostaglandin inhibits inflammation, which occurs after injury and marks the beginning of the healing process. The faster we can tame this inflammation, the sooner the body can move on to the next phase of healing, regeneration.

To get in touch with Dr. McKenna, contact us at info@drwademckenna.com.

We’ve Got Your Back

The backbone is important. Sayings have derived over the years that include the notion of “the backbone” of the society, or “the backbone” the family. Why would this be? It’s probably because the backbone, also known as the spine is so important for the body to function.

 

Suffering doesn’t have to be a lifetime sentence. If you are dealing with chronic back pain from herniated or bulging disc, pinched nerve, or lumbar injury, we can step in and take the reigns. Here at McKenna Orthopedics, we have the expertise to get you healthy again. We know you are the backbone to someone, and we have the solutions to get you back to your best.

 

Traditional surgery may be the solution for you, depending on the severity of your injury or pain. Our board-certified surgeons have treated thousands of patients with excellent results. If going under the knife feels extreme, another option is using stem cell technology to help heal quickly, without the downtime of traditional surgery.

 

How can stem cells help my lower back pain?

A 2015 study published  in the scientific journal, Stem Cells, reported that patients suffering from chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease who were treated by injections of their own bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) into the lumbar discs experienced noteworthy pain reduction one year after treatment.

 

Improvement in pain scores and impairment was demonstrated in 21 of 26 patients, with the most dramatic improvement in patients with higher CFU-F concentrations. Rehydration of the discs in eight of twenty patients according to MRI in conjunction with sustained pain relief through one year is promising for the use of this regenerative medicine approach.

 

At McKenna Orthopedics, we utilize tried and true techniques, but also incorporate new technologies, such as stem cell therapy, to bring our care to the next level. We strive to create healthy and beneficial results for our patients, because we know how important your mobilization is.

 

To schedule your appointment today, contact us at info@drwademckenna.com.