Although not covered by every medical insurer, there are alternative, less invasive treatments to consider.
Vesta Cover recommends Dr Hassan Mubark from Auckland Regenerative Clinic, a well respected New Zealand specialist in this field. We have no financial affiliation with Auckland Regenerative Clinic.
Regenerative Medicine is a cutting-edge, science-based medical technology that uses your own adult stem cells to stimulate your body’s natural repair mechanisms to heal damage from injury or ageing.
By Natalie Akoorie, New Zealand Herald 3 August 2019
The doctor who helped get All Black Owen Franks back on the field in time for the Rugby World Cup through stem cell treatment was initially sceptical about the science.
Dr Hassan Mubark treated a 72-year-old woman for osteoarthritis of the knee when he decided to try the technique that is proving successful internationally.
Following the treatment, the woman no longer needed medication because her pain was gone, and she could walk unaided.
"I didn't believe it, and then I did the X-ray ... and there were signs of healing."
That was two years ago and a turning point for Mubark, whose interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine drew him to pure expanded stem cell treatment.
Franks, who tore his right shoulder while playing for the Crusaders in April, said he decided on the treatment to keep his chances of making the Rugby World Cup alive. The tournament in Japan starts next month.
TVNZ's Seven Sharp ran a story on this procedure in February 2019. The Specialist Rheumatologist appearing in the story is Dr Hassan Mubark from ReGen Cellular.