Regenerative medicine is an innovative field of medicine utilizing stem cells and your body’s own growth factors to promote the active healing process of injured tissues. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC’s) are found nearly everywhere in our body and have a critically important job. MSC’s replace damaged and dead cells in our tissues and thus, maintain our tissue’s normal structure and function. As we age, our ability to heal injured tissue progressively decreases, largely because the concentration of our stem cells diminishes over time.
Stem Cell therapy is a cutting edge, modern approach to potentially reversing many painful musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative states from sports related injuries. Traditionally, we have been able to only offer treatments that merely mask the pain of musculoskeletal injuries such as anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, narcotics and invasive surgery. These therapies not only have limitations, they often have untoward side effects. Stem Cell therapy, on the other hand, uses your body’s bank of undifferentiated cells and deposits them precisely to an area of injury to attempt to heal injury and damaged tissue with minimal risk of rejection or side effects.
In clinical practice, we can harvest stem cells from multiple different locations, including Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue. Stem cells derived from each of these locations are autologous, meaning they are harvested from the patient’s own body and are undifferentiated, meaning they have the ability to become different types of cells throughout your body, including cartilage, bone and muscle.
After harvesting your tissue containing stem cells, it is processed in our FDA, High Complexity laboratory under the guidance of our clinical lab director. Stem Cells are isolated, qualified, quantified and prepared in our lab for precise re-injection and therapy to your damaged tissue.
Your procedure will take place in a fully accredited surgical center. You will be offered sedation for your comfort and closely monitored. After your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room and cared for by our skilled nursing team. You will be seen by your physician and given specific instructions for physical therapy and follow up before you are discharged.