Anonymous

  • Posted on: Jun 14 2018
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I sought treatment from Dr. Mittal for torn meniscus in my knee. I had been suffering for a year and had seen two other orthopedics first. One performed arthroscopic surgery but I saw no results – actually, I felt worse. The second, who works for a clinic with a great reputation took one look at me and said he couldn’t help me and that even if he could he “wouldn’t want to” because I was “too high risk.” I was a 41 year old, healthy, non-smoker, non-drinker, avid runner, but because I had developed a DVT after the arthroscopic, he considered me high risk. He also told me I would just have to stop running, treating my “hobby” as unimportant because I’m not a professional or collegiate athlete. At first I was sad, then I got mad and began doing research as to what doctor in the U.S. could help. I was ready to go ANYWHERE to find someone to help me. Fortunately, I only had to go an hour from home. Through a series of fortunate conversations with multiple people, I was made aware of Dr. Mittal and that he reputation for being the best knee guy there is. I made an appointment, thinking that it couldn’t hurt but probably wouldn’t help. Boy was I wrong! First of all, Dr. Mittal didn’t treat me like I was unimportant or that my passion for running was just a silly hobby. He had the desire to get me back to doing what I love. In fact, he said that if I could change my activity and be happy, great. But if not, then let’s do everything in our power to get me back out there. Of course, by this time I could barely walk, so this had not become a mission just to be able to run anymore. It had become about living a normal life, even over living an active one. He also said that blood clots happen, even when taking the proper precautions, and that I absolutely was not high risk. We discussed my treatment options and stem cell therapy seemed to be the best direction to go at the time since it is far less invasive than a knee replacement (which does await me in the future, but not yet!) Stem cell therapy is literally just an injection, and to Dr. Mittal, I was a perfect candidate. The only drawback was that I had to pay out of pocket because insurance doesn’t cover stem cell therapy. And, paying so much out of pocket for one injection with no guarantees and limited long term results is even riskier. Even so, my husband and I decided that we needed to exhaust all options before we started looking at invasive procedures, so we opted for stem cells. The injection itself took maybe 15-20 minutes. Dr. Mittal was very thorough, using a special x-ray machine so that he could SEE exactly where to inject the stem cells, rather than just guess at the right spot. I felt no pain. At all. Ever. Even when the numbing agents wore off, I was perfectly fine. A little sore, but no pain. He warned me that I would be pretty sore and might want to use crutches for a few days after the injection, but the opposite happened. I felt better that very night and noticed a slight improvement in my range of motion by the next evening. He released me to start biking two weeks later and running 4 weeks later. That was December 22, 2014 and it was the best Christmas present I could have received. I ran (jogged slowly, but still) a 5K race on New Year’s Eve, and by the end of January I felt like myself again, just out of shape! I was no longer an injured runner, but a runner. Period. And even better, I was pain free the rest of the time. No more limping. No more having to unhinge my knee to straighten it out. It simply worked like a knee should. Would I recommend stem cell therapy to friends/family? Like anything else in medicine, the results are not guaranteed, but mine have been miraculous and I am so grateful that Dr. Mittal believes in cutting edge medicine. I couldn’t be happier with my results.”