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Before surgery, Peyton Manning flew to Europe for stem cell therapy

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Before Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had his most recent neck surgery, he took a trip to Europe for a last-ditch effort to avoid going under the knife once again.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Manning flew to Europe for a stem cell therapy that currently is not approved for use in the United States.

The therapy apparently didn’t work, given that Manning still had the surgery.  But it confirms that Manning will do whatever he has to do to play again.

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31 Responses to “Before surgery, Peyton Manning flew to Europe for stem cell therapy”
  1. wawa33 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:16 PM

    And to have the bolts removed from his neck.

  2. niblickmaster says: Sep 18, 2011 12:18 PM

    The more I hear about this situation, the worse it sounds.

  3. ticalcaldwell says: Sep 18, 2011 12:19 PM

    I admit, I always thought he would start week 1….This shows how fragile the human body is, and sometimes it doesnt matter how bad you “want it”, sometimes you just have to let your body heal….or hope it heals……

  4. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 18, 2011 12:25 PM

    Leaves the country for treatment? Hmmm….sounds like ARoid.

  5. toledoohoh says: Sep 18, 2011 12:26 PM

    Jesus and Tony Dungy do not approve.

  6. Nikhil Balakumar says: Sep 18, 2011 12:28 PM

    neck surgeries are the ones that can really go either way, always takes a while to heal. gotta respect his love for the game

  7. slickzmoney says: Sep 18, 2011 12:31 PM

    It’s time to put the stem cell debate to rest and become a part of future medical advances.

  8. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 18, 2011 12:34 PM

    But, but, but…

    What will his republican friends think about that?

  9. lacharger2112 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:35 PM

    That pisses off Tim Tebow.

  10. kd75 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:42 PM

    Michelle Bachman does not approve of this article.

  11. 3octaveFart says: Sep 18, 2011 12:42 PM

    That explains the second head growing out of the side of his neck…

  12. nysaysbringit says: Sep 18, 2011 12:43 PM

    Im convinced this is worse than we know…Manning might be finished!…I hope not,but time will tell…dont expect to see him before week 8.

  13. peed1 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    He is done

  14. randomjim says: Sep 18, 2011 12:47 PM

    slickzmoney says:
    Sep 18, 2011 12:31 PM
    It’s time to put the stem cell debate to rest and become a part of future medical advances.
    ====================================
    To prove a point of view a comment like that is made when the stem cell treatment worked to make the situation better, not when it failed to do so.

  15. perry1977 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:54 PM

    Anyone else get a quick image in their head of Christopher Reeve on South Park?

  16. teal379 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:54 PM

    randomjim says:
    Sep 18, 2011 12:47 PM
    slickzmoney says:
    Sep 18, 2011 12:31 PM
    It’s time to put the stem cell debate to rest and become a part of future medical advances.
    ====================================
    To prove a point of view a comment like that is made when the stem cell treatment worked to make the situation better, not when it failed to do so.

    *******************************************

    Not only that but to realize that there’s a difference between EMBRYONIC stem cells and non. Considering this wasn’t specifically identified as one type or the other – how do you know?

    There are literally thousands of procedures that aren’t done in the US but are in Europe.

    I can remember back in the 90′s when motocross guys would go over to have surgery that reduces/eliminates arm pump – helps with endurance. IIRC it cut away the lining around your arm muscles where acid would build up and cause the pump.

  17. realfootballfan says: Sep 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    luckynumberlucas says: Sep 18, 2011 12:34 PM

    But, but, but…

    What will his republican friends think about that?
    ———

    I had the same thought. You always get the “stem cells is bad” speech from hardline social conservatives, except when they want to prance off to another country where it’s available when it’s convenient for them or someone close to them.

  18. slickzmoney says: Sep 18, 2011 1:02 PM

    @randomjim yes this clearly proves stem cell has no medical value. My point was this is just one more area in which we are lagging behind the rest of the world. Its to put progress ahead of politics.

  19. backindasaddle says: Sep 18, 2011 1:06 PM

    I’m guessing that stem cell therapy takes more than one treatment and a nanosecond to be effective.

  20. slickzmoney says: Sep 18, 2011 1:07 PM

    @randomjim yes this clearly proves stem cell research has no medical value. My point was this is just one more area in which we are lagging behind the rest of the world. Its time to put progress ahead of politics.

  21. duanethomas says: Sep 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    The irony is he’s probably a registered Republican.

  22. sdw2001 says: Sep 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    realfootballfan writes:

    I had the same thought. You always get the “stem cells is bad” speech from hardline social conservatives, except when they want to prance off to another country where it’s available when it’s convenient for them or someone close to them.
    —————————————-

    1. Which social conservatives? When?

    2. The debate is not over stem cells. It’s over embryonic stem cells. And it’s about how those are harvested…from existing lines or new lives that are created and then destroyed.

    3. It sounds to me that you are calling Manning a hypocrite by assuming that 1) he’s a social conservative, 2) he doesn’t support stem cell research, 3) He used the type of cells that he hypothetically objets to.

    In other words, you’re completely full of sh*t.

  23. stanklepoot says: Sep 18, 2011 1:45 PM

    Debates like this don’t rise or fall on any one specific case. No treatment is universally successful. Besides, we’re talking Europe here, not some third world nation inhabited by witch doctors. I never really understood the controversy, even with embryonic stem cell procedures and research. Worst case scenario, it’s no worse than organ donation. We’re not talking about a situation where someone is deciding whether to gestate the embryo or sell it for scrap. These are embryos that are just going to be thrown out. At least this way there’s a chance that they can add something to the living world.

  24. nzyme says: Sep 18, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’ve been looking at stem cell treatment for my son for the better part of year. If he’s seriously thinking of stem cell treatment then he should retire.

  25. thesportsfutureishere says: Sep 18, 2011 2:00 PM

    Why did he go to Europe? Autologous (from you to you) adipose(Your fat) derived stem cell treatment can be available in the US! When done within the bounds of the FDA requirements. Minimally manipulated, autologous, no added drugs etc..
    When talking about Republicans…..it was reported in the news, Rick Perry had it done….!

    There is a good chance they did the surgery WITH the stem cells added…

  26. favreforever says: Sep 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    Afterwards Peyton stopped by at a castle in Transylvania to have his BLUUUD! renewed.

  27. nzyme says: Sep 18, 2011 2:03 PM

    Just to answer someone’s question above about the amount of times you have to go. For my son’s situation they said a minimum of 3 separate treatments. Each treatment has a grace period in between before you can start the next.

  28. favreforever says: Sep 18, 2011 2:05 PM

    Now Payment Manning carries the unrealized aspirations of thousands of aborted children with him wherever he goes.

    “Ooooo…Payment….help us…..we wanted to live and play games like you too….Ooooooo…..it’s so cold and dark in here….Ooooooo…..Payment, free us…..Ooooooo!…..”

  29. etoharin78 says: Sep 18, 2011 2:08 PM

    Perhaps the surgery is to work in compliment to the stem cell therapy he received. Manning’s willing to do whatever it takes, and loves the game so much I think maybe it was not just lip service when he said he’d miss his teammates more than they’ll miss him. Good luck Peyton, not a Colts fan but I love watching you play ( just not against my Broncos).

  30. congratulashayla says: Sep 18, 2011 2:57 PM

    It’s probably because my IQ is sub-80, but I have never understood why regular stem cell treatment is controversial. I think I understand (and agree with) the backlash over embryonic stem cell research, but can someone clear this up for me? Why is the former not available in the United States?

  31. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    Normally I wouldn’t make a political post on a football board (there are many other boards for that), but the topic was raised. The Republicans sold their values to the far right religious fundamentalists. Bush caved in by banning public funding to embryonic stem cell research and going further by punishing research centers/labs who took even private funding for embryonic stem cell research and medical advancement. This also extended regular stem cell research as researchers came under such intense scrutiny that they decided it wasn’t worth pursuing.

    I am in the industry and have seen research flat out come to a screeching halt thanks to backwards social conservatives that infest the Republican party. The US has been set back a decade or so behind Europe and Asia in stem cell research thanks to the Republicans.

    End political rant and back to football.

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