Brits would choose new innovative stem cell treatment over joint replacements

In England and Wales there are approximately 160,000 total hip and knee replacement procedures performed each year, but many more struggle daily with pain and life-restricting stiffness.  Revolutionary new treatments using stem cell procedures could offer a more popular alternative.Musculoskeletal pain is one of the leading causes of absence from work, and conditions like osteoarthritis can cause debilitating pain, making it difficult for sufferers to carry out normal everyday tasks. Wear and tear has caused the fibrous tissue, cartilage, to become thinned, damaged or worn away altogether, and many of these patients will eventually require a joint replacement in order to reduce pain and increase flexibility.However, there are drawbacks to surgery.  The procedure usually requires 3-4 days in hospital, and a period of recuperation.  Sometimes the joint will need replacement in future, however a revolutionary new treatment is set to revolutionise the way we manage joint pain. A new study released today by YouGov and The Regenerative Clinic, found that more than a third of Britons (38%) would choose the new innovative stem cell treatments over a traditional joint replacement. The figure rose to 42% in the over 55 age group.

The study was conducted by YouGov with 2086 UK adults aged 18+, who were asked to imagine they needed to undergo joint replacement surgery. They were also given the option to have a non-surgical procedure called ‘Lipogems’ which takes adipose pre-cursor stem cells from your own fat and then injects them straight into your joints in order to regrow cartilage.

Lipogems® is a new minimally invasive treatment that harnesses natural repair cells removed from your own body fat to target problems affecting the tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles, including osteoarthritis.  Lipogems® technology has the potential to aid the repair, replacement, reconstruction and support of damaged or injured tissues without the need for joint surgery, and where surgery is required, for example, where there is very serious deterioration, it may still be of benefit in improving post-operative healing.

Nearly half (45%) of Britons surveyed told researchers that stem cell procedures are the future of medicine with 48% demanding to learn more about these new emerging techniques. More men (49%) cite stem cell treatments as the future of medicine compared with 42% of women. This rises to 50% in 18 to 24 year olds.

Professor Adrian Wilson of The Regenerative Clinic said;

“It is an extremely exciting time for new procedures such as Lipogems. We are seeing tremendously positive results and we are encouraged by the open-mindedness of the British public who are always curious and resourceful about their health. We need to educate people about what’s available to them for both treatment and pain relief.”

While the efficacy and professionalism of traditional replacement procedures within the NHS and private sector is excellent not all individuals are able to tolerate such operations. 83% of people had concerns about having joint replacement surgery with only 14% saying that they would not have any specific worries at all.

Only 3% of those surveyed said that stem cell treatments like Lipogems were not for them.

People in Wales were most worried about spending time in hospital, 15% compared with the national average of 9%. Recovery time worried people in Northern Ireland the most (28%) compared with the national average of 19%. Women were slightly more worried about their operation working (29%) as opposed to men (27%). Londoners and those aged 55+ were most worried about their operation working – 35% and 32% respectively.

Men were most concerned with taking time off work – 10% compared with only 6% of women who were concerned with taking time off work to have a traditional joint replacement operation.

For further information please visit our website or call the clinic on 0330 223 3332.

13 Replies to “Brits would choose new innovative stem cell treatment over joint replacements”

    1. Hi Tony, thank you for your message regarding your joint pain. We would love to answer any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us on or call us on 0330 2233332. We hope to hear back from you soon and offer you a specialists opinion.

      Regards, Emily

  1. I am in a lot of pain in both my knees and find it very hard getting up and down stairs. I have grandkids and I am very cautious when taking them down stairs in case my new gives way. ? Can I hAve this procedure on bus and if so how do I go about getting a consultation.

    1. Hi Agnes, thank you for your message and sorry it has taken us so long to get back to you. If you are still interested please feel free to contact me on or talk to one of the enquiry team on 0330 2233332 to book a consultation. We hope to hear from you soon and offer you some help.

  2. This is the third time of asking, and whilst I did get a return phone call after my last attempt, I was promised written information of the treatments you can offer me once the office opened. That was last Monday and still nothing heard. Unprofessional in service and treatment of me as a person is my feedback so far!

    Please reverse this trend of poor service if you’re genuinely interested in helping people with knees like mine!

  3. Could you please let me know the cost of stem cell treatment for arthritis? Also at what stage of the disease is it indicated?

  4. Hi my father has been crippled with arthritis for years and it’s particularly bad now in his knees I was wondering if there was any stem cell treatment for such in Northern Ireland indeed Republic of Ireland ?thank you

    1. Hi Fiona, thank you for your message regarding your father’s arthritis. We are due to open our first clinic in Dublin during April this year (2019). If you would like to keep up to date with the opening, please contact our enquiry team on 0330 2233332 and they can keep in touch. From there, we will recommend your father has a consultation with one of our orthopaedic specialists who can discuss all treatment options with him. We hope to hear back from you.

      Regards, Emily

    1. Hi Una,

      Thank you for your message. We would love to hear from you and answer your questions regarding our treatments and stem cell therapy. We have a large team of orthopaedic consultants who specialise in non-invasive alternatives to joint replacement surgery, depending on where you are based we can book you a consultation with the relevant specialist. Please feel free to contact us on or call us on 0330 2233332.

      We hope to hear back from you.
      Regards, Emily
      The Regenerative Clinic

  5. Hi Emily
    I’ve been having a lot of pain in my knee arthritis also it being swollen as well. I’m a sporty person who loves walking, swimming and in the past walked up Ben Nevis and Snowden however having these issues has prevented me from doing some of the sports. I have a relative who lives in America and has had stem cell surgery over there with positive results. Is it worth looking into?

    1. Hi Tina,

      Thank you for your message, I want to apologise that we have only just got back in touch.

      I am sorry to hear of the pain you are in that is preventing you from your normal sporting activities. We have treated lots of patients with arthritic knees using our Lipogems procedure with a success rate of 75%. I would love to provide some more information over the phone and answer your questions.

      Please feel free to give me a call on 0330 2233332 or email on

      I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully getting you back

      With kind regards,

      The Regenerative Clinic

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