Stem cells are multifactorial cells used by the body to continually and naturally regenerate and repair both hard and soft tissues. These cells are generally defined as undifferentiated cells that are capable of self-renewal through replication. Once replicated, these cells differentiate into specific cell lineages.
No. Those cells you might be thinking of are ‘Embryonic’ Stem Cells, which we do not use here.
‘Mesenchymal’ Stem Cells (MSCs) will be used. MSCs are the cells that repair muscle, bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. MSCs are also commonly called Adult Stem Cells. These cells are autologous (meaning they are from the patient) and therefore there is no risk of genetic disease transmission. MSCs are the bodies’ own “repairmen”, acting as “construction managers” helping other cells repair and build new tissues. The FDA states that it is OK to use these cells as long as they are put back into the same patient and they are minimally manipulated.
Your own body.
Persons suffering from joint injury or pain, muscle, tendon and ligament tears, joint stiffness or swelling, bone fractures, mild to moderate arthritis, disorders of the spine including facet arthropathies and disk problems , avascular necrosis, and those individuals with either medical conditions that make surgery a non-viable option or those who simply seek an alternative treatment to surgery. Specific areas and conditions suitable for BMAC and or PRP therapy include but are not limited to:
Spine: Sacroiliac joint, Ilio-lumbar ligaments, facet joints.
Shoulder: Rotator cuff-partial tears, Biceps tendinosis, chronic Glenohumeral ligament sprains, Acromio-clavicular joint dysfunction and pain, Levatorscapula tendinosis.
Elbow: Tennis and Golfer’s elbow, Ulnar collateral ligament injury, distal biceps tendon partial tear
Wrist & Hand: Chronic joint sprain and arthritis.
Hip/Pelvis/SI Joints: Pyriformis syndrome, Greater trochanteric bursitis, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hamstring strain, bursitis, hip joint arthritis
Knee: Patellar tendinitis/tendinopathy, Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, quadriceps strain or partial tear, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Chondromalacia patella, Enthesopathy
Ankle & Foot: Chronic ligament strain, chronic Achilles tendinitis, chronic partial tendon tear, plantar fasciitis, arthritic joints.
BMAC: $6,000.00 for each procedure
PRP: $990 for each procedure
No, this is a self-pay procedure. For your convenience our office offers interest- free payment plans for this procedure.
Any pain associated with these procedures is minimal and will likely be alleviated by simple over the counter medications such as Advil or Tylenol.
Since the procedure is minimally invasive, in 24 hours the patient usually returns to same activity level prior to the procedure. However, every patient is unique and requires specific recommendations. The decision is usually made according to the progress, lack of symptoms and response to therapy. Remember, the regenerative process takes time and usually requires several interventions to achieve the desired goal.
With PRP and BMAC, all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Anaprox, etc.) should be stopped for one week prior to and one month after the procedure. According to which specific tissue is treated, certain restrictions will apply. Usually there is localized soreness and discomfort lasting for 24-48 hours. Medications will be prescribed if necessary to alleviate the symptoms. Other instructions will be given which pertains to the specific type of intervention to be performed.
45 minutes to one hour.
This will vary from patient to patient and with the condition treated. Some patients have reported seeing results in as little as two weeks.
Not unless you have one of the conditions listed above in the section titled “Who Should NOT receive Stem Cell therapy?”