An active 34-year-old and new father, Sean has been sidelined from physical activity for nearly a year and a half due to severe knee pain. Ten weeks ago, he underwent surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to implant stem cells derived from the donated umbilical cords of healthy babies to repair a cartilage defect in his knee. The procedure was performed as part of a clinical trial, and BWH is one of only two hospitals in the nation to participate.
“For young patients like Sean, knee replacement is just not a good option,” says Dr. Andreas Gomoll, an orthopedic surgeon who is leading the trial at BWH. “Current options, such as using cartilage cells harvested from the patient’s knee or donor tissue, are good, but they have limitations that we are trying to improve upon with these new stem cell transplants.”
Sean was interviewed by WCVB-TV during his most recent follow-up appointment with Dr. Gomoll to discuss his recovery and plans for the future.
Please contact Dr. Gomoll’s office at (617) 732-9813 to learn more about this study and other options for patients with cartilage damage.- Jessica F.