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Can anyone recommend a doctor local to the Chapala area or Guadalajara who does stem cell therapy for the knees. Thanks!
My Stem Cell Therapy turned into a TOTAL NIGHTMARE .
On 4/18/18 I had stem cells and PRP injected into both knees by Dr Aceves in his Ajijic clinic. He specializes in rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments and is qualified in stem cell therapy. My knees had been bothering me for a month or so, and I was treating the stem cells therapy as a preventative measure to avoid possible knee replacement down the road. They used my own fat cells to cultivate the (adipose) stem cells, and for a week following the treatment, I was fine. In fact my knees felt better. Dr Aceves said there was a 20% chance the treatment might not work. He gave no risk factor of what was to come. He also claimed to have treated 60 to 70 patients with knee injections and did not mention any negative complications.
Ten days later, on 4/28/18 my knees started to hurt, and the left one began to swell up. Dr Aceves gave me antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. The next day the pain and swelling was so bad I had to be admitted to Ajijic Hospital. The orthopedic surgeon on duty drained 4 big syringes of fluid from my knee, something Aceves had attempted the day before, but was unable to do. I went home to rest but was readmitted 2 days later by ambulance in unbearable, mind blowing pain. I needed a stretcher because I couldn’t get down the steps and spent two days on an antibiotic IV and a lot of painkillers.
It’s been 7 weeks since the initial procedure. I’ve received treatment from two other local doctors and the inflammation is slowly subsiding, but with such chronic inflammation, healing is slow. I’m using a cane to protect the knee for now. A week prior to the treatment I was practicing yoga!
I asked Dr Aceves to refund my money, and he did. I think he had no idea what went wrong and wanted to distance himself completely. He’s expensive, so I was relieved to get my money back, but it has cost me so much more in medications, other doctors bills, hospital fees etc...not to mention the pain and suffering. He has never contacted me to see how I was doing.
Because I was totally unable to shop, or even cook for myself, I had to move into Alicia’s Assisted Living for this last month. I was so fortunate that they had an available room. The care and accommodation has been excellent.
My new orthopedic Doctor has really helped reduce the inflammation. So, I’m on the road to recovery, but it’s truly been an unexpected, and so far, unexplainable nightmare.
I still believe in the concept of Stem cell therapy, BUT, there is risk involved. I would recommend Dr Justina, near Dental Express for more information on the therapy. She thinks I may have had an allergic reaction to the liquid the stem cells are cultivated in.
I also highly recommend Dr Armando Rabadan for his insight and skill. He is an orthopedic doctor (not a surgeon) and a physical therapist. Tel (376) 766 1731