Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy

Orthopedic and Wellness is proud to introduce a new Regenerative Medicine Therapy offering:  Autologous Stem Cell Treatment.

 

Regenerative Medicine is an exciting and revolutionary field of orthopedics and sports medicine. It involves the application of biological therapies that enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.

 

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What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem Cell Therapy involves the therapeutic use of special cells derived from the adult patient’s own tissues. These stem cells, more specifically referred to as Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), have the capacity to differentiate into a variety of cell types, including bone, cartilage and muscle. MSCs are therefore responsible for the regeneration (replacement) and healing of the old injured tissue.

 

How Are Stem Cells Obtained?

We harvest MSCs for injection therapy in our state-of-the-art surgical center. MSCs are usually obtained from the bone marrow or fat tissue.

  •    Bone Marrow Stem Cells: Harvesting is done under X-ray guidance. After numbing the skin and pelvic bone, a special needle is inserted into the bone to aspirate marrow blood. The marrow is then processed in our Stem Cell Lab and centrifuged to produce a high concentration of stem cells, which is essential for the healing process. This is a painless procedure in most cases.
  •    Adipose Stem Cells (fat graft): Harvesting is done by gentle liposuction from the fat tissue in the patient’s belly or buttocks. The harvested fat is centrifuged, resulting in the removal of unwanted oils, lipids, and infranatant fluid, leaving only high quality graft material rich in stem cell content. Stem Cell Treatment is often done in conjunction with Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy (PRP) Treatment. Thus, the fat graft is also thought to work as a scaffold matrix, helping to keep the PRP in place.
We stringently follow FDA guidelines for the clinical use of stem cells. We do not expand, reproduce, or grow stem cells in a culture. 
 

What Conditions Are Indicated for Stem Cell Treatment?

  •    Moderate to advanced Osteoarthritis in knees, shoulders and hips.
  •    Persistent tendon tears, found in such conditions as Rotator Cuff Tears, Meniscus Tears, Achilles and Quadricep/Patellar Tendon Tears
  •     Muscle Tears
  •     Persistent symptoms in Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis
  •     Moderate to severe Degenerative Disk Disease in the Spine
 

What is the Protocol of Stem Cell Treatment?

The treatment plan is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. Orthopedic and Wellness offers Stem Cell Treatment in conjunction with PRP Therapy Treatment. PRP provides cell signals and nourishment to help the stem cells flourish and to develop into new cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The relationship is akin to fertilizer and seeds used in gardening.The injection of stem cells may need to be repeated between 1-5 years in order to maintain and improve the result from the first treatment.

We provide a free consultation for new patients who are considering these treatments.
The individual patient’s protocol will be formulated during the consultation.

 

When Can I expect to See Improvement?

On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement approximately 6-8 weeks after treatment. The most striking results can present in the form of less overall pain, an increased ability to do more activity, or a faster than normal recovery from pain.

 

Are There Risks Related to Stem Cell Treatment?

Because the Stem Cells are obtained from the patient undergoing treatment (ie the patient is both the stem cell donor and the recipient), there is no risk of tissue rejection or infection from other donors. No report of significant risk related to Stem Cell Treatment has been found. The potential complications associated with Stem Cell Treatment are similar to that from regular joint injections.

 

Is Stem Cell Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Currently, Stem Cell Treatment is still considered experimental. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do not pay for this treatment.

 

What is the cost of Stem Cell Treatment?

We are offering an introductory price to make this regenerative treatment affordable to most patients. The price may be subject to change in the future. Please call our offices to request additional information regarding pricing for this revolutionary therapy.

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