At SMaRT, we recommend the most conservative approach to healing for patients. After all, your body is fully equipped to heal on its own. But in some cases, an intervention is needed to jump-start the healing process so that you can get back to enjoying life sooner, not later. Getting the right intervention at the right time can reduce or eliminate the need for orthopedic surgery.
As orthopedic doctors, we see all kinds of degenerative musculoskeletal problems and athletic injuries that can only be corrected with surgical treatment, but for the majority of cases, regenerative medicine can provide major benefits. Those benefits include reduced recovery time, no incision or scarring, pain relief, and fewer complications than surgery. For severe injuries, stem cell therapy may be combined with orthopedic surgery to speed up recovery.
Regenerative techniques are highly successful because we use your own stem cells, taken from bone marrow or fat tissue, to deliver healing therapy right where you need it. Conditions treated include partial tendon and ligament tears, muscle tears, osteoarthritis, spinal pain, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, cartilage damage, and much more.
Results vary for each patient, but pain relief may last for many years or even be permanent, depending on the injury or disease. Because new collagen and healthy tissues are being regenerated beneath the surface, the benefits of regenerative therapy are cumulative. In other words, the therapy works to repair the damage while relieving pain, so you have a better chance of avoiding surgery.
All of our regenerative therapies are non-surgical. Performed in the comfort of our own office, they usually take 1 to 2 hours to perform. We use a needle and syringe for the extraction and injection of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma. No sedation is required, but oral sedation is available for patients who request it. To ensure successful placement of the injection, we use ultrasound or fluoroscopy guidance.
People with active cancer and/or infections are not candidates for stem cells or PRP injections. People with a history of bone marrow-derived cancer (i.e., lymphoma) might be able to use fat stem cells instead of bone marrow stem cells. If you are taking blood thinners, we will coordinate with your physician if treatment is appropriate.
Call us with any questions and to schedule an initial consultation with a regenerative medicine specialist to see if you are a candidate for treatment with stem cells.
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