I received an amniotic stem cell injection from Dr. Mark McFarland on October 7, 2015. I realize that everyone is different, but in my case there was no pain or discomfort from the shot, which was identical to the corticosteroid knee shots I had received in the past. There was no pain or discomfort ever following the shot.
For the next 13 weeks, I wore a knee brace when walking around to hold the knee in place, and could take no aspirin or NSAIDs for pain. For the first two weeks, I did nothing but rest the knee. Thereafter, I resumed light activities including exercise at my fitness center, being careful not to exercise my knee. After six weeks, Dr. McFarland took x-rays and pronounced that I was making satisfactory progress. I continued light activities, which included driving to Texas, so I was not home bound.
At 13 weeks, x-rays showed that my cartilage had grown from 2mm to 6mm on one side of my knee, and from 4mm to 6mm on the other side. Dr. McFarland said that I was now mildly arthritic, but that there was possibility of future growth. It has been a year, and the knee feels normal. I chose the amniotic stem cells since they were reportedly the most effective source of stem cells. To date, I have not noticed any symptoms that makes me think that the amniotic stem cells have had any but the desired effect. The result was so successful that I am about to start the same procedure on my other knee.
-Charles W. Meissner, Jr.