Dr. Peter Wehling talks with a patient about knee pain and how he developed a procedure to treat it without surgery
Missy: Dr. Wehling, I came to visit you over six years ago in Germany to have your treatment done on my knee, and as you remember, I have had eight knee surgeries and actually was slated to have another one that fall and you prevented me from having an additional knee surgery that year.
Well, six years have passed and I think I am about ready for another treatment and I myself suffer from osteoarthritis and torn meniscus. Can you tell me how you would treat my knee now?
Dr. Peter Wehling: In principle it’s the same procedure as we did it six years ago and I am happy to hear that it helped such a long time. I also reviewed the x-rays because you showed it to me so I think at this point of time I would not recommend to do knee replacement but I would recommend to do another series.
In the last years we worked a lot on the improvement of the technology. So we have found ways to even have higher anti-inflammatory levels of the serum and we also developed a gene test to predict outcomes where we can formalize and individualize the treatment in new ways. So the responder rates even get higher now.
Missy: That’s exciting because I am an avid tennis player and golfer so that’s great news to me. Can you tell me about some of the other therapies that you are working on right now?
Dr. Peter Wehling: The principle of aging of a joint and the procedures we developed turned out to be important for other areas and there’s great work going on from Dr. Robbins and Dr. Niedernhofer at the University of Pittsburgh. We are collaborating with this group and they found that inhibiting inflammation in the body also is a very strong anti-aging measure so we are working with them on new strategies against aging.
Missy: Well I’ll be excited to hear more about that. One question I get when I am referring people to you is how is your treatment different from Prolotherapy or PRP therapy?
Dr. Peter Wehling: PRP or Prolotherapy are total different procedures. They have nothing in common with the Regenokine® injection system we use. The cells are incubated and you have a solution of protein that is 140 times higher, which is anti-inflammatory effect and PRP as an example, so it’s much more potent to Regenokine® system.
Missy: And why do you have to have a series of shots over five days?
Dr. Peter Wehling: We found out that based on the studies we did, that there’s an optimum range of frequency of injections so it turned out that if say as a re-injection you have a much more longstanding effect. So it’s just more efficacy with that frequency of injections.
Missy: Great, well I am excited to get my knee injected once again so I can be playing tennis and feeling good.