DR PETER LEWIS
By Gloria Jones
So almost one year on from my last interview with Dr Peter Lewis I found myself again at the the bright, light clinic within the grey building at the top of Soi 6 to ask him what has been happening at Surecell and in particular at the Pratumnak Clinic since last we met..
Certainly in terms of getting to see Dr Peter I found that he is just as busy as ever jetting around the world between his clinics in Australia, Bangladesh and here in Thailand. In fact Dubai, Laos and India has also been added to his travel itinerary where there are exciting developments. He still manages to regularly visit the Pratumnak centre for at least two days a month in order to train and recruit new doctors and member of staff whilst generally spreading the word to the public about PRP and stem cell therapy. In fact look out for him as a regular speaker at many of the expat clubs explaining how Surecell are world leaders in regenerative medicine and how they might be able to help you.
Obviously informing and educating people on the benefits of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) over the last year has worked as it is now far more widely known and practiced. Even whilst I was talking to him there were constant calls for him to just have a quick chat or give advice, before returning to the interview.
Last year the majority of the Pratumnak Clinic’s patients were having knee, hip and shoulder joints treated but a more recent development has been the increasing number of new visitors with back problems. This is because as Dr Lewis says: “The general treatment of back problems is a brief consultation, a scan and then treatment of the abnormality reported in the scan. Everyone over the age of 50 will have some disc degeneration in their scan. It is a natural part of aging. Hospitals rarely do more than use a scan for diagnosis. We should be giving the patient a proper physical examination and spending time talking to them about their pain and their lifestyle and habits. Traditional doctors rarely address the underlying cause of back pain ”
This highlights a major difference when patients are treated at the Pratumnak clinic where the approach is far more personal and holistic. As leaders in the field of regenerative medicine their advice will often extend to recommendations of cutting out sugary foods and white rice while including more fish and green vegetables in the diet and getting on that exercise bike ! Apart from advice on diet and lifestyle, hormonal supplements may be recommended as well as PRP and stem cell treatment. Surecell endeavor to treat the causes of disease and to get to the root of underlying problems before they become major complaints.
Dr Peter believes that prescribing pain killing drugs is a lazy, dangerous and all too common “cure all”. In the US alone over 13,000 people a year die from heroin overdose. 50% of new users have become addicted to narcotics because of prescription pain killers, often for common complaints such as back pain. Peter even told me of one case where :“A so called expert advised ‘Don’t wait for the pain. When you get up in the morning immediately take 4 Methadone tablets before the pain kicks in! “
Continual use of such medication can also affect testosterone levels as it eventually shuts down pituitary excretion in the body. This in fact is another sensitive area that Dr Peter is being asked more and more to treat.
The clinic has patients enjoying such amazing results that while I was there he had one man leave his surgery doing a little happy dance and another grasping him firmly by the hand to express thanks for the major improvement to his life.
So if you feel that you would like to avail yourself of some regenerative medicine then the best thing to do would be firstly book an appointment with Dr Kris an orthopedic surgeon now at the centre, or Dr Patrick who will be able to access your needs and help you with a treatment plan.