2009 Procedure Related Photos

Here are a few photos to show the level of intrusion required for this procedure. All except for the "knee before" were taken about 24 hours after the procedure at the first bandage change. 

Site from which stem cells (bone marrow) were drawn.
Bone Marrow site

And the site where the fat cells were taken.
Fat cell site

The knee the before the procedure.
Pre-op knee

And the knee the next day. Note the swelling due to the injection.
Pre-op knee

The only site that showed itself worse for wear at anytime after - the site for fat cell extraction (about 5 days post-op).
Fat cell site day 5


This is the unloader brace that uses a three point system to align the knee and hold the medial (inside of the leg) space open to remove pressure from the cartilage. The brace is very light and fits underneath my work pants. 
Unloader Brace