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.
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