Stem Cell Therapy
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
BMAC (Bone marrow-derived stem cells)
Stem cells are gathered by aspirating bone marrow from the back of a patient’s pelvis. One can expect only minimal discomfort from the procedure. The aspirate includes platelets, mesenchymal stem cells, and other kinds of stem cells used in adult stem cell therapy. The bone marrow is placed inside a special machine and this process separates the platelets and stem cells from the remainder of the blood products. It is this concentration of bone marrow—called BMAC, or bone marrow aspiration concentrate—that is reintroduced to the injured area during stem cell therapy.
Lipo-aspirate (Fat-derived stem cells)
Adipose tissue is an excellent source of regenerative stem cells. The stem cells isolated from adipose tissue are abundant, easily extracted via lipo-aspiration, and they are capable of differentiation into numerous cell types. Adipose-derived stem cells hold particular promise in the field of regenerative medicine. Large quantities of adipose-derived stem cells may be collected in a minimally invasive procedure, similar to liposuction. Adipose tissue can be harvested from the belly, love-handles, or buttocks.
What conditions may benefit from stem cell therapy?
Stem cell injections are most commonly used for the treatment of conditions that have failed or responded incompletely to other more conservative treatments. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
Chronic partial Rotator Cuff Tears
Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar tendon tears.
Partial muscle tears
Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
What are the risks associated with stem cell treatment?
Injections can potentially cause infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. Risks will also depend on the structure being injected. Because we are using your own cells, the risk of an allergic reaction or rejection of the tissue product is very low. The use of ultrasound guidance helps lower the risk of damaging surrounding structures, or of injecting the wrong location. Our doctors will review the complete risks of treatment with you. Overall the risks of these treatments are extremely low.
NOTE: Currently stem cell injections are still considered experimental. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do NOT pay for stem cell injections.
Who is a Candidate?
There are no definitive criteria to determine who is a candidate, but there are some general guidelines, including:
Physical therapy has been ineffective at improving function and reducing pain
Injury pain causes disruption to your daily activities
You are sensitive or resistant to ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
Non-surgical treatments have not been effective
You and your doctor determine that surgery is not the best option for you
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Your First Visit
Getting to Know You
We will do a full assessment, diving deeper into the information you provided on your form, to get a thorough understanding of your medical and family history, your health concerns and inquire about your lifestyle habits including diet, exercise, sleep, and any stressors in your life.
Based on the conversations with your doctor, they may recommend further testing and prepare an individualized treatment plan to optimize your health – that could include specific treatments, supplements or lifestyle changes – along with arranging any follow up visits that are needed.
Our goal is to make you as comfortable and confident as possible, and we can do that by answering any questions you may have so please use this as an opportunity to ask them.
Your initial visit will be XXX long. Follow up visit times will vary depending on your treatment plans.