Peyton Manning went to Europe for a stem cell procedure that involved taking fat cells and growing them in a culture, according to reporter Jay Glazer. The controversial procedure was a last-ditch effort for the Indianapolis Colts quarterback to be able to start the NFL season. The procedure, which is not approved here in the United States, was unsuccessful, and he had to have his third surgery on September 9th.
Manning, who will most likely be out most of this NFL season, had his second neck surgery earlier in the year to repair a bulging disk in his neck. However, rehab and the healing process did not go as planned, and he missed this year’s football season. The quarterback is not able to perform without feeling discomfort.
Dr. Victor Khabie, co-chief of the Orthopedics and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital, cautioned that the nerves in Manning’s neck could affect his arm strength, and may limit his capabilities moving forward.
“He doesn’t have a desk job, he’s got large, athletic men running at him, causing hits that affect the neck,” Khabie said. “He takes blows to the body. It’s a problem, and shows he has ongoing issues.”
The alleged stem cell procedure involved fat cells that were extracted from Manning’s body and then injected into his neck. The doctors wanted to regenerate the nerve endings. However, they did not work.
Manning then had no choice but to have a third surgery the week before the start of the season and will take 3 to 4 months to recover from. Some believe that his career could be in jeopardy.
“It could be season-ending, seeing the piggybacking off of another surgery,” Khabie said. “But the athletes I’ve known over the years, I never count out because they are such great competitors and such great healers.”
As for those thinking his career could be over, Dr Andrew Hecht, director of spine surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, doesn’t believe the injury will prematurely end Manning’s career.