Regenerative Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma

what is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is the process of harvesting mesenchymal stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow and injecting it into various areas to treat orthopedic conditions.  A simple definition of a mesenchymal stem cell is a basic precursor or “progenitor” cell capable of differentiating into tissues such as bone, cartilage, and muscle.  Regenerative medicine aims to potentially  reverse damage to cartilage and connective tissues due to aging and trauma.

Where do stem cells come from?

Stem cells are found throughout your body.  The kind of stem cells that come from a lineage intended to end up as connective tissue such as joint cartilage or spinal discs are called mesenchymal stem cells, and these are found in very high concentrations in bone marrow. We only use your own bone marrow. 

What does a procedure look like?

Most procedures take 30-60 minutes to perform, in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to our in-office procedure room and a light sedative is given.  Your bone marrow is then carefully taken from the iliac wing (posterior hip) using live x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy.  The concentrated bone marrow is then injected into the areas to be treated, i.e. spinal discs, joints, or tendons, using either ultrasound or fluoroscopy to precisely inject the intended area of treatment.

Is there any chance of rejection?

Since we use your own bone marrow-derived stem cells, there is no chance of rejection.

Is it covered by insurance?

Your initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor can be billed to most insurances.  You will be given an expert opinion and alternative options that may be covered by your insurance if a regenerative treatment is not right for you.  However, at this time, regenerative medicine procedures are not covered by any insurance companies.

When can I expect results?

Just like most medical procedures, results vary and there is no guarantee of what the results will be. Some patients experience improvement almost immediately and some do not improve at all. Most, however, see improvement within 6 months.

Is it a cure-all to orthopedic pain?

No. There is no guarantee of results. Although many people see improvement, it is by no means a cure for orthopedic ailments.

what is platelet rich plasma (prp)?

Blood is a tissue which contains many materials, one of which is platelets.  Platelets are packed with numerous factors (growth factor molecules and cytokines) that can attract cells to come into an injured area and for existing cells to “wake up” and accelerate healing.  When healing has stalled, PRP has been shown to initiate tissue repair. It can activate tendon cells to heal, bone to regenerate, and can stimulate new blood vessel development and the wound healing process.  It has even been shown to normalize the lining of joints and return them to a more youthful and less inflammatory state.

what does a procedure look like?

A simple blood draw is performed. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelet-rich plasma which is then injected into the area being treated.

Is it covered by insurance?

Your initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor can be billed to most insurances.  You will be given an expert opinion and alternative options that may be covered by your insurance if a PRP treatment is not right for you.  However, at this time, PRP procedures are not covered by any insurance companies.

When Can I expect results?

Just like most medical procedures, results vary and we cannot guarantee results. Most see improvement within 6 weeks.

Is it a cure-all to orthopedic ailments?

No. There is no guaranty of results. Although many people see improvement, it is by no means a cure for orthopedic ailments.

what is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is the process of harvesting mesenchymal stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow and injecting it into various areas to treat orthopedic conditions.  A simple definition of a mesenchymal stem cell is a basic precursor or “progenitor” cell capable of differentiating into tissues such as bone, cartilage, and muscle.  Regenerative medicine aims to potentially heal or reverse damage to cartilage and connective tissues due to aging and trauma.

Where do you get the stem cells from?

Stem cells are found throughout your body.  The kind of stem cells that come from a lineage intended to end up as connective tissue such as joint cartilage or spinal discs are called mesenchymal stem cells, and these are found in very high concentrations in bone marrow.

What does a procedure look like?

Most procedures take 30-60 minutes to perform, in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to our in-office procedure room and a light sedative is given through an IV.  Bone marrow is then carefully harvested from the iliac wing (posterior hip) using live x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy.  The concentrated bone marrow is then injected into the areas to be treated, i.e. spinal discs, joints, or tendons, using either ultrasound or fluoroscopy to precisely inject the intended area of treatment.

Is there any chance of rejection?

Since we use your own bone marrow-derived stem cells, there is no chance of rejection.

Is it covered by insurance?

Your initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor can be billed to most insurances.  You will be given an expert opinion and alternative options that may be covered by your insurance if a regenerative treatment is not right for you.  However, at this time, regenerative medicine procedures are not covered by any insurance companies.

When can I expect results?

Just like most medical procedures, results vary and there is no guarantee of what the results will be. Some patients experience improvement almost immediately and some do not improve at all. Most, however, see improvement within 6 months.

what is platelet rich plasma (prp)?

Blood is a tissue which contains many materials, one of which is platelets.  Platelets are packed with numerous factors (growth factor molecules and cytokines) that can attract cells to come into an injured area and for existing cells to “wake up” and accelerate healing.  When healing has stalled, PRP has been shown to initiate tissue repair. It can activate tendon cells to heal, bone to regenerate, and can stimulate new blood vessel development and the wound healing process.  It has even been shown to normalize the lining of joints and return them to a more youthful and less inflammatory state.

what does a PRP procedure look like?

A simple blood draw is performed. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelet-rich plasma which is then injected into the area being treated.

Is PRP covered by insurance?

Your initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor can be billed to most insurances.  You will be given an expert opinion and alternative options that may be covered by your insurance if a PRP treatment is not right for you.  However, at this time, PRP procedures are not covered by any insurance companies.

Is Regenerative Medicine a cure-all to orthopedic pain?

No. There is no guarantee of results. Although many people see improvement, it is by no means a cure for orthopedic ailments.