Stem Cell Therapy
As we age, many of us develop arthritic symptoms in our joints. Typically healthcare providers manage these symptoms with anti-inflammatories, steroids, and hyaluronic injections. The most drastic treatment is joint replacement. Our preferred approach can best be described as "regenerative medicine". This involves the use of stem cells which have the capability of regenerating our own cartilage even in situations where the joint is "bone on bone".
How does this process work?
We use stem cells obtained from your own fat tissue and inject them into the arthritic joint. The stem cells stimulate the growth of new cartilage, whit no downtime or sedation. Stem cell therapy can reduce the need for joint replacements and the risks that come along with surgery.
Step 1: Mini Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia to extract the fat which contains the stem cells.
Step 2: The fat is then processed, breaking down the collagen that binds the fat and the stem cells. Then, the stem cells are separated out.
Step 3: The injection site is numbed, and a physician will inject the joint using ultrasound guidance as needed.