What is Regenerative Medicine?
The commissioners say in their report that regenerative medicine “aims to replace or repair human cells, or regenerate tissue or organs to restore normal function.” The emphasis on “normal function” sets this approach to medical treatments apart from many commonly used drugs, which tend to treat symptoms but do not address the underlying causes.

How Does It Work?

Platelets carry and recruit growth factors. These factors promote local blood vessel growth, decrease inflammation, and recruit local stem cells and fibroblasts to sites of damage or injury. Growth factors also signal healthy cells to manufacture greater numbers of growth factors and a natural healing cascade occurs to repair damaged tissue.

PRP needs to be injected at the site of tissue damage in order to stimulate a healing response. PRP can be injected into joints, spinal discs, muscles, fascia and around tendons.

What is the Procedure?

We draw your own blood and prepare it in the centrifuge to separate out the different components. The platelets and plasma are then mixed together and reintroduced via a small needle into the area of injury. Dynamic ultrasound or fluoroscopy (X-ray) is used to guide the needle precisely into the appropriate area. Local anesthetic is sometimes injected into the skin overlying the site to numb the area before your procedure.

The Result

The platelets only work where they are injected. Some joints, such as the knee, hip and shoulder are large and may require a series of 2 or 3 injections for the optimal effect. This may also be necessary if the area of damage is extensive or chronic in nature.

The growth factors in PRP initiate a reparative process and you should start to notice some improvement within 2-6 weeks.

Stem Cell-Rich Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow is a sponge-like tissue found within the center of large bones like the hip bone, breast bone, shoulder blades and ribs. It contains stem cells and other growth factors needed to heal tissue. It can facilitate the healing and restoration in patients with osteoarthritis, osteoradionecrosis, cartilage loss in various joints, and more.

How Does It Work?

Since stem cells multiply and are signaled to form tissue such as cartilage, tendon and bone when necessary, they allow your body to create the tissue it needs to heal itself. For over 30 years, bone marrow derived stem cells have been used to treat a variety of conditions because they have remarkable healing and regenerative properties.

What is the Procedure?

Bone marrow is harvested from your pelvis during a simple office procedure performed under local anesthetic. Ultrasound or Fluoroscopic guidance is sometimes used to assist in visualizing the pelvic bones.

A needle is placed into the iliac crest and approximately 30-60ccs of bone marrow is extracted. The marrow is then placed into a centrifuge to extract the stem cells and growth factors that are then used for treatment. These cells can differentiate into many types of tissue in your body and naturally stimulate a healing response.

ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALTIES

Knee
Shoulder
Hip
Sports Medicine
Hand & Wrist
Foot & Ankle
Orthopedic Trauma
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Fracture Injury
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