Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center: Healing Your Body With Your Body

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Written by Brennan Hallock

Vicki Sutcliffe struggled with knee pain and limited mobility. She visited several places in KC that claimed they could treat her pain, but she came away from each one feeling uneasy about the treatments. One left her feeling as though she had visited a used-car salesman and another used amniotic fluid that was shipped in and came from someone else.

“Why would I put something in me from somebody else when I don’t know what kind of diseases or anything they had?” she wondered.

She didn’t want a knee replacement; her husband had gone through that and she had seen how difficult it can be. But she also wanted to not only treat her pain, but restore her mobility. A friend recommended Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center. “They were so great,” Sutcliffe says. “I had a list of questions to talk to them about. I was talking to the doctor, and he answered all the questions the way I wanted to hear them.”

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Sutcliffe went through with the treatment and says she doesn’t have the fear of going up and down stairs anymore. “I was crippled before, and I’m not now,” she explains. “It just went very well, and I got better and better. Just within a week I knew, ‘Oh my gosh! This is so much better.’”

Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center helped Sutcliffe’s own body heal itself through a process known as adipose-derived stem cell therapy. This complicated-sounding procedure actually is quite simple for the patient. Doctors remove cells from your adipose tissue (fat)—typically around the waist—and transplant them into the joint or ligament being treated. These stem cells—known as adult mesenchymal stem cells or progenitor cells and other growth factors—seek the injured area and regenerate and repair damaged cells in that location. This speeds up your body’s natural process of healing itself. 

Unlike a knee replacement, this method of treating a joint is not a major surgery. The whole process typically takes about four hours and involves only a small incision and an injection or two. You most likely will be able to return to work within a day or two. “It’s using your own body to heal your body,” explains Kate Farley, director of marketing and patient education for Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center. “Knee replacement is always an option, but once you get a knee replacement, you can’t go back. This is an option to look into before you take that step.”

Adipose or bone marrow derived stem cell therapy is a simple and safe procedure. “There’s no chance of rejection or graft versus host disease or anything like that because it’s your own body,” Farley explains. And you won’t have to schedule any follow-up procedures or take ongoing prescriptions. “We want people to go on and live their life pain-free,” she says.

The doctors are pragmatic about the procedure when discussing it with patients. “We tell you the percentage of the success rate for your specific procedure at the beginning,” Farley says. “We let you know there’s a chance it might not work or maybe it won’t give you the exact results you want. We don’t want to give you false hope. But we get reports back constantly from our patients and hear these amazing stories from people. It’s incredible!”

Passion created by experience
Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center was founded by lifelong friends John Farley and Ken Woods because of their own powerful experiences. They both tried knee surgeries to fix their painful joints, but without success. They then learned about adipose-derived stem cell therapy after an acquaintance was successfully treated. 

Farley and Woods had such successful recoveries, they decided to bring this method of healing to Kansas. Prior to opening their first location in Manhattan, Kansas, the closest office doing this kind of therapy was in Beverly Hills, California. 

Fortunately, this therapy is closer to home now. Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center recently opened in Overland Park. People would travel from all over the country to visit the Manhattan location. But being closer to a major airport and in a large city is helpful to those traveling for treatment. “We are excited to bring this technology to the local Kansas City area as well,” Farley shares.

Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center is located at 6650 W. 110th St., Suite 210 in Overland Park. Get in touch at 913.800.7555 or info@kansasrmc.com / website: kansasrmc.com.