Health Beat: Transplanting fat cells: Relieving knee pain – WFMZ Allentown

DENVER – Al Perez has been teeing up and teeing off for more than half his life, but his golf game started to suffer.

“Walking became difficult because I get some swelling and pain,” Perez explained.

Perez had his right knee replaced eight years ago and he didn’t want a repeat procedure on his left.

“I have some arthritis in that knee, osteoarthritis, and I wanted to avoid at all costs another knee replacement,” shared Perez.

He found Dr. Jason Dragoo, an orthopedic surgeon at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. Dragoo was part of a team that made stem-cell history.

“It set off this revolution worldwide of getting stem cells from fat,” Dragoo said.

And now, he’s using those stem cells to ease his patients’ knee pain.

“Mother Nature put in this piece of fat that’s in our knee. It’s called the fat pad, and we looked at the fat pad and it contains a very