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.
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.
UCLA wide receiver and Canadian decathlon standout Zach Bornstein suffered a hamstring tear 18 months ago. Conventional treatment and therapy were not working so Zach decided to undergo stem cell therapy at Riordan-McKenna Institute in late June 2015. Dr. McKenna treated Zack with precisely guided injections of bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) harvested with the patented BioMAC bone marrow aspiration cannula and *AlphGEMS amniotic tissue product.
Complete healing was confirmed by MRI 8 weeks after treatment:
1) No evidence for hamstring strain or denervation and no evidence for tendon tear.
2) No evidence for focal atrophy or hematoma.
3) No osseous abnormalities seen.
After receiving the MRI results, Zack’s father Dean said, “I am not a doctor but looks like you and your procedure has performed a medical miracle! …Thanks for all of your efforts.”
Zack is currently a red shirt freshman at UCLA. He played football at Oaks Christian High School from 2011-’14 and lettered 3 years in football and all 4 years in track. In 2013, Zack was named to the All-Marmonte 2nd team. He played in the FBU Youth All-American game in 2010. In track, he is considered to be one of the top decathletes in the country. Zack competed at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia, finishing in 5th place with 7,097 points. In July of 2013, he became the Canadian Junior National Champion (6,918 pts). Zack won the silver medal at the 2013 Arcadia Invitational Decathlon, scoring 6,967 points to set a new California state record for juniors (2nd highest score in California state history). Zack is a 12-time National Champion, 44-time All-American and a member of three National Championship cross country teams.
*Amniotic tissue is donated after normal, healthy births.
“As many of you know I had stem cell therapy for MS in 2012. In 2014 I had platelet rich plasma injections in my heel for plantar fasciitis with a full recovery! This past year I had an ACL injury after a skiing accident. Traditional surgery offered me a 9 month recovery time. NOT ACCEPTABLE! I’m a busy girl! Using a bone marrow aspirate taken from my hip and AlphaGems, Dr. McKenna had me hiking, biking, walking and enjoying life after 1 month! Total recovery in 6 weeks! This is my doctor, Dr. R Wade Mckenna talking about the increasing use of Stem Cell Therapy changing the way orthopedic surgeons treat patients. As we age, the wheels do start to fall off! HA! So if you have a knee injury, back problems, or an orthopedic condition of any kind, I can’t recommend the Riordan-McKenna Institute in Southlake, Tx. enough! I’ve chosen my own cells 3 times now! It’s a total #NoBrainer! #ChooseYourOwnCells every time!” –Jennifer Wininger Ziegler
From one surgeon to another:
I just got home from a procedure at RMI with Dr McKenna. I had bone marrow aspirate harvested and injected into my torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. As a physician, I am keenly aware of what makes good doctors good doctors and good people good people. I can’t say enough about the warm and personal care I received today. From the front office staff, to the OR staff, to anesthesia and Dr McKenna everyone met or exceeded my expectations. Whenever I need medical care, especially surgical care, I look for a warm, loving demeanor, a feeling that my doctor and staff care about me personally and that I am important to them, and an exceptionally smart, talented surgeon who inspires and exudes confidence, a sense of personal excellence, and optimism. I received all of this today. Thanks to all of you at RMI who took such special care of me. Thanks a ton Wade.
Ted Margo, MD