Stem cells are cells that don't know what they are going to be just yet. They have the potential to become almost any cell necessary in the body. Once introduced to an injured site, they become whatever tissue is needed to repair the problem. They are like blank cell templates that change to effect better healing.
Stem cells differentiate into:
This allows Dr. Candelora to create effective treatments for fractures, regrow key types of cartilage, and to help heal connective tissue.
The harvesting of stem cells is a quick and simple procedure. Dr. Candelora will aspirate bone marrow for the back of his patient's pelvis using a very small needle. This process takes from one to two hours to complete and is relatively painless. Dr. Candelora numbs the area prior to making the extraction to keep the patient comfortable.
Once the stem cells are available, he injects them into the injury or diseased site to promote better healing. Since the cells originally come from the patient, there is no risk of rejection or disease transfer. The body is getting back its own healing agents. Afterward, the patient may experience some mild soreness and discomfort that will pass in few days.
Stem cell therapy is proven to be very successful for orthopaedic use. Studies show that patients are generally satisfied with the outcomes of their treatments. About 89% of individuals with knee injuries that undergo stem cell treatment find there is more than a 50% decrease in symptoms. Over half say their relief is closer to 75%.
Hip patients report similar results, with 75% claiming 50% or more relief. Other forms of injuries generally experience at least an 80% improvement in their symptoms.
It's up to Dr. Candelora to decide if stem cell therapy is the right option for his patients, but he can use it for:
Dr. Candelora will use this treatment for any condition he thinks could benefit from the extra healing power offered by stem cells.
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