dr wade mckenna – Dr. Wade McKenna

You Need Your Knees

Did you ever know just how important your knees are? The knees act like a hinge, and provide steadiness and strength to support the entire body. That’s right, the entire body. Your knees serve as a critical function for standing, walking and running of course, and the fun-filled motions like dancing, jumping, twirling and turning.

When a knee (or knees) give out, it can affect your entire body, even your entire wellbeing. It may affect your ability to perform sports, or even basic functions like standing up from your favorite chair or walking outside to get the mail.

 

Knee replacement surgery is of course an option, and a really good option to get up and running (or walking) again. Dallas-based board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Wade McKenna has performed over 20,000 surgeries, so he is more than qualified to make any repairs to your precious knees. But what if there was a quicker way to heal without a complete knee overhaul?

 

One of the breakthrough technologies that Dr. McKenna specializes in is called Stemnexa. Stemnexa combines a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells with amniotic tissue (donated from a mother after a live birth) to treat bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage injury in the knee. The amniotic tissue that Dr. McKenna uses in the procedure is composed of collagens and other proteins, which provide solution that supports both tissue growth and new collagen production during tissue regeneration and repair process. Though it sounds technical, the bottom line is that this procedure works, and patients have had amazing results from this relatively not invasive method.

 

Not sure what the next option is? We are here to help. If you are suffering with pain or discomfort, we would love to help ease your aches. If you are interested in either traditional surgery or learning more on how Stemnexa can benefit you, contact us today at info@drwademckenna.com. We are so excited to connect, and get to know you, and your knees better.

 

Knee replacement surgery

Needles or Knives? You Decide.

The cost of surgery goes beyond just the dollars and cents that come out of your pocketbook. Recovery time is a large price to pay when you go under the knife. But what if there was an easier and faster way to heal?

Enter stem cell therapy, Stemnexa. At McKenna Orthopedics, Dr. R. Wade McKenna leads the way to healing non-invasively. Pretty cool, huh?

So how exactly does it work?

Stem cell therapy may look a bit different for each application, but here is the gist.

  • We take human amniotic tissue (donated afterbirth from a mama who has delivered a live healthy baby) and utilize its components to inject the therapy where the patient is having problematic issues.
  • This cell therapy pumps oxygen to the tissue, reduces pesky inflammation all the while, preventing cell death. We want all the alive and well cells we can get, am I right?
  • The actual procedure takes less than your hour-long lunch break, and patients can potentially be on their feet in under a week.
  • Using the Stemnexa technology is the best way to heal quickly, and get back on your feet sooner than if you were to undergo traditional, under the knife surgery.

 

If you are interested or want to learn more about this super space-aged technology, fill out this easy questionnaire to see if you’re a candidate, and someone from our office will get back to you in a timely fashion. We are ready to make the connection, and we care about your health so you can live out your best life.

Still have questions? Feel free to send us a note, and we will be more than happy to get you in the right direction. You can also reach us at 940-627-6976. We understand how important it is to get back into your regular routines, so reach out today.

 

Stem cell procedure instead of knee surgery in Dallas, TX

Abstract: The role of “cell therapy” in osteonecrosis of the femoral head

The role of “cell therapy” in osteonecrosis of the femoral head.

Originally posted on July 17.

Abstract
Background and purpose – The value of core decrompression for treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is unclear. We investigated by a literature review whether implantation of autologous bone marrow aspirate, containing high concentrations of pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells, into the core decompression track would improve the clinical and radiological results compared with the classical method of core decompression alone. The primary outcomes of interest were structural failure (collapse) of the femoral head and conversion to total hip replacement (THR). Patients and methods – All randomized and non-randomized control trials comparing simple core decompression with autologous bone marrow cell implantation into the femoral head for the treatment of ONFH were considered eligible for inclusion. The methodological quality of the studies included was assessed independently by 2 reviewers using the Cochrane Collaboration tool for assessing risk of bias in randomized studies. Of 496 relevant citations identified, 7 studies formed the basis of this review. Results – The pooled estimate of effect size for structural failure of the femoral head favored the cell therapy group, as, in this treatment group, the odds of progression of the femoral head to the collapse stage were reduced by a factor of 5 compared to the CD group (odds ratio (OR) = 0.2, 95% CI: 0.08-0.6; p = 0.02). The respective summarized estimate of effect size yielded halved odds for conversion to THR in the cell therapy group compared to CD group (OR = 0.6, 95% CI: 0.3-1.02; p = 0.06). Interpretation – Our findings suggest that implantation of autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the core decompression track, particularly when employed at early (pre-collapse) stages of ONFH, would improve the survivorship of femoral heads and reduce the need for hip arthroplasty.

 

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Can Stem Cells Regenerate Cartilage?

Knee Treatment at RMI

If you suffer from chronic knee pain due to arthritis or an old injury, or you’ve recently injured your knee meniscus, cartilage or ligaments (ACL, MCL) you may benefit from non-surgical stem cell injections or stem cell-enhanced surgery.

Before-After-ABT-X-rays1

About the Knee
The knee is the joint where the bones of the upper leg meet the bones of the lower leg, allowing hinge-like movement while providing stability and strength to support the weight of the body. Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed for standing and for motions like walking, running, crouching, jumping, and turning.

Several kinds of supporting and moving parts, including bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, help the knees do their job. Each of these structures is subject to disease and injury. When a knee problem affects your ability to do things, it can have a big impact on your life. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking.

Stemnexa combines a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells with AlphaGEMS amniotic membrane tissue to treat bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage damage in the knee. AlphaGEMS is composed of collagens and other structural proteins, which provide a biologic matrix that supports angiogenesis, tissue growth and new collagen production during tissue regeneration and repair.

 

Learn more about which conditions RMI can offer treatment for.

Find out if you are a candidate.

UCLA Wide Receiver and Canadian Decathlon Standout Zack Bornstein Bounces Back After Stem Cell Therapy

UCLA Wide Receiver Zack Bornstein
UCLA Wide Receiver Zack Bornstein

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.

 

Originally posted on RMI.

Case report of non-healing surgical wound treated with dehydrated human amniotic membrane

Dr. Riordan and Dr. McKenna recently published this case study demonstrating how amniotic tissue products promote wound healing. You can view the original article on the Journal of Translational Medicine website: Case report of non-healing surgical wound treated with dehydrated human amniotic membrane.

Authors
Neil H Riordan, Ben A George, Troy B Chandler, Randall W McKenna

Abstract

INTRODUCTION
Non-healing wounds can pose a medical challenge as in the case of vasculopathic venostasis resulting in a surgical ulcer. When traditional approaches to wound care fail, an amniotic patch (a dehydrated tissue allograft derived from human amnion) can function as a biologic scaffold to facilitate and enhance tissue regeneration and rehabilitation.

BACKGROUND
Amniotic AlphaPatches contain concentrated molecules of PGE2, WNT4, and GDF-11 which have angiogenic, trophic, and anti-inflammatory effects on tissues that may be useful in enhancing wound healing.

AIM-CASE REPORT
We present a case of a severe non-healing surgical wound in a 78-year-old male 17 days post right total knee arthroplasty. The full-thickness wound exhibited a mobile flap, measured 4 cm long × 3 cm wide, and showed undermining down to patellar tissue. We treated the wound conservatively for 6 weeks with no evidence of wound healing. Upon failure of the conservative treatment, two amniotic AlphaPatch (Amniotic Therapies, Dallas, TX, USA) were applied to the wound, and the wound healed completely in 10 weeks.

METHODS
In the OR, the wound was irrigated with three liters of double antibiotic solution under pulse lavage. Two dry amniotic AlphaPatch (4 cm × 4 cm) were placed over the wound with Acticoat applied on top.

RESULTS
At the two-week follow-up visit (following the incision and drainage of the wound dehiscence and application of the amniotic AlphaPatch), a central scab had formed centrally in the wound dehiscence area. At the four-week follow-up visit, the wound dehiscence area had completely scabbed over with no open areas left. At the eight-week follow-up visit, the scab had just fallen off, and the wound was healing well with immature skin representing the size of a penny. At the ten-week follow-up visit, the wound was completely healed.

DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION
Sterile, dehydrated amniotic tissue AlphaPatches (containing trophic factors known to enhance wound healing) have proven effective in completely healing an otherwise non-healing wound in a 78-year-old male who failed six weeks of conservative wound care treatment.

Patient Testimonial – Jennifer Wininger Ziegler

“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

Patient Testimonial – Dr. Ted Margo

Patient Testimonial from Dr. Ted Margo:

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