By 9 February 2016July 14th, 2020NEWS

Athens, February 9, 2016


Anterior Cruciate Ligament ruptures, one of the most frequent sport related injury among athletes can now be treated with the use of autologous adult stem cell augmentation!

Preliminary results from this evolutionary minimally invasive surgical technique, were presented at the recent World Congress of Regenerative Medicine (Leipzig, Germany) and was paid attention from  orthopedics scientific community worldwide!According to scientists, the use of adult stem cells in regenerative medicine in many sectors are now the treatment of choice. In Orthopaedics there is ecidence-based knowledge in treating mal and non-unions of bone fractures, in hip and knee aseptic necrosis and recently in treating osteoarthritis in early stages. Sports related injuries afflicting very often thousands of athletes, of course can not stay out of the way.

“The application of regenerative medicine in the treatment of sports injuries opens a new scientific page with multiple benefits for patients,” says an eminent orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Dr. Stavros Alevrogiannis, MD, MSc, PhD, and continues  

“The benefits of the treatment of sports injuries and especially rupture of cruciate stem cell is a lot.”


The stem cell treatment of sports injuries, which in many cases in the past violently interrupted the career of talented athletes, offers many benefits such as:

    • Quickly and safely regenerates muscles, tendons and ligaments
    • Accelerates recovery and prevent recurrence of injury
    • Rapidly restores limb functionality
    • Reduces and / or eliminates pain
    • It has strong antimicrobial properties and eliminates the possibility of contamination
    • Accelerates the neoangiogenesis in trauma
    • Reduces postoperative edema and effusion, with the use of autologous growth factors that stem cells contain
    • Delay and / or prevent the need for major surgical repair.

“The fact is, that according to recently published scientific studies,  the difference of the benefits of treatment with stem cells compared to those surgical treatment is huge,” adds Dr. Alevrogiannis, which administers the treatment in Greece and ends    

“It should be emphasized that the use of stem cells to regenerate the ACL is not a simple medical process. It requires experienced and specialized medical team and specific application protocols, preparation and implementation, as critical factors that can affect the quality of procedure.

The use of drainage after surgery is prohibited  and specific hemostasis protocols are required. It also requires A customized rehabilitation protocol that starts a few only hours post operation is necessary which is completed with the return of the athlete on his team. Conducting MRI six weeks postoperatively, plays a key-role for the full regeneration of the grafts. ”


The anterior cruciate ligament is the ligament of the knee, which is most often injured as a result of sports injuries, falls or traffic accidents. The frequency of this lesion grows continuously, involving more and more young people  in professional or amateur sports, and shows an increased volume of two to eight times more in women than in males (open pubic symphysis, valgus knee,  foot pronation, different muscle anatomy , hormonal differences, anatomy of cruciate ligament and narrow trochlear notch ).

Europeans and Americans have a higher incidence of such injuries in relation to African-Americans, Asians and Spanish-speaking.

More often injured are the basketball athletes, with hockey and football players and gymnasts, to follow in frequency before skiers and volleyball players .

The incidence of such an injury in the US only is more than  250,000 injuries per year (1 in 1,750) people aged 15-45 years, while the corresponding figure in our country exceeds to about 4,000 per year. Only 30% of cases represents an injury  by direct contact with an opponent player.

The total cost for the treatment of injuries to the cruciate ligament is estimated to be around  2-3 billion $  per  year, suggesting the enormous socio-economic costs of these injuries.