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For Eleni Crockett, living with severe arthritis was sheer agony – until a ‘wonder jab’ changed her life. The joint condition had destroyed her knees, causing swelling and horrendous pain that was so bad she could barely walk.
At just 63, her only option on the NHS was major surgery: a total knee replacement.
But this might last only ten years, she was warned – if it worked at all.
Instead, Eleni opted for a radical and experimental new therapy. She paid £7,500 for injections of stem cells taken from her own body fat at the private Regenerative Clinic in London’s Harley Street.
Treatment - Lipogems - Pain - Immobility
The treatment, called Lipogems, could banish her pain and immobility, she was told.
It simply involved taking a small amount of fat from her stomach, back or thighs, and injecting it straight into her damaged knees.
Stem - Cells - Fat - Cartilage - Joints
Stem cells inside the fat would then help healthy new cartilage to grow, restoring her joints to good health – or so the theory goes.
And, for Eleni at least, the investment paid off.
?It - PA - North - London - Bank
‘It’s tremendous,’ says the PA from North London, who works at a European bank in the City.
And she’s in good company. Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael, recently appeared in a slick promotional video for a clinic in the Bahamas that offers similar joint therapy.
Princess - Treatment - Money - Procedure
The Princess paid for her treatment and received no money for endorsing the procedure.
But for all the anecdotal evidence supporting the treatment, it remains hugely controversial. Most specialists say there is little robust evidence to show it works and it has not been approved by the UK medicines regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Truth - Fat - Knees - ? - Clinics
So what’s the truth about using your own fat to fix creaky knees – and are some clinics preying on patients’ desperation to sell a largely unproven...
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