Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are basic human cells that have the potential to become many different cell types in the body. By creating new cells in existing healthy tissues, stem cells have the ability to help repair tissues in structures that are injured or damaged. When stem cells divide they create progenitor cells, which can become cells with components of specialized tissue such as bone or cartilage.
Orthopaedic surgeons have focused their attention on mesenchymal stem cells, which are obtained from living adult tissues. A beneficial type of mesenchymal stem cells are bone marrow stromal cells, which can differentiate into cells that can help form trabecular bone, tendon, articular cartilage, ligaments and a part of bone marrow.
Stem cell procedures are being used for treating bone fractures, regenerating articular cartilage in arthritic joints, and healing ligaments or tendons. These procedures are usually done as outpatient, meaning there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. Most patients should expect to walk out of the clinic and resume low-impact activities shortly after the procedure. These procedures may seem innovative, but in fact this kind of therapy has already has a history behind it.
Stem cells can now be acquired through a simple procedure thanks to the advent of improved equipment and techniques. Stems cells are gathered by aspirating bone marrow from the back of a patient's pelvis with a tiny needle. This may take up to 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Most patients feel no pain from this due to extensive numbing of the area prior to the aspiration.
The whole procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort, as per normal with any procedure. According to recent studies on stem cell cases in orthopaedics, approximately 86% of patients that provided feedback said they were satisfied with their treatment. 89% of knee patients reported more than 50% relief of symptoms and more than half of them had greater than 75% relief. 75% hip patients reported more than 50% relief and 88% of them reported more than 75% relief. Studies on healing times of other injuries show improvments of 80%-85% with decreased pain and increased function.
Some benefits of Stem Cell Therapy include:
- Renews, repairs, and promotes healing
- Promotes new tissue growth
- Promotes quicker restoration of function
- Involves little to no pain or discomfort
- No risk of allergic or adverse reaction
- No painful or lengthy rehab periods
The types of problems that can be treated, but not limited too, are:
- Fractures that have failed to heal
- Joint cartilage problems
- Partial tears of tendons or ligaments
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis/golfer's elbow
- Knee and ankle sprains and instability
- Hamstring/hip strains
- Patellar and Achilles tendonitis
- Osteoarthritis in the knee, hip and other large joints
Currently at our office Stem Cell Therapy is available for Osteoarthritis and some sports injury surgeries. Watch updates here on our website for new techniques that arise. This procedure is NOT covered by insurance or medicare and is a CASH ONLY procedure.
For more information on pricing and basic procedure, navigate to Patient Information and open the corresponding document.
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