*Please note: some ligament and cartilage tears may be too extensive to heal completely with BMC injection alone. In those cases, we may recommend a combination of surgical intervention combined with BMC to achieve maximal healing.
How Do the Procedures Work?
Our regenerative medicine therapies vary slightly in the materials they use and from where they’re derived, but from the patient’s perspective they are quite similar:
Stem Cell Therapy
As you lie facedown on a table, the doctor extracts bone marrow aspirate from your hip with a special needle. You may experience mild discomfort but the majority of patients tolerate this easily.
To concentrate the adult stem cells and platelets in the marrow fluid into BMC, the aspirate is spun in a centrifuge for up to 15 minutes.
The doctor re-injects the stem cell-rich, concentrated BMC into the area of pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
The doctor draws a blood sample from your arm, just like in a routine blood test.
The blood we’ve drawn is spun in a centrifuge to separate the growth factor-containing platelets from the other components in the plasma. The PRP is then removed.
With the PRP material prepared, it is injected into the damaged tissue, disc, joint, or tendon, using x-ray or ultrasound guidance, if necessary.
A platelet-rich plasma treatment will seem like simply giving blood from your arm, except in this case the now-enhanced blood is re-injected at the end.
Stem Cell Therapy vs Ankle or Foot Surgery
Bunions, arthritis, and Achilles tendonitis are some of the most common foot and ankle injuries treated with surgery when other methods (orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy) fail to provide relief.
In addition to the adverse side effects that may arise with any type of surgery such as swelling and infection, foot and ankle surgeries carry significant drawbacks that make them especially arduous. They are notoriously difficult to recover from, requiring extensive rehab and rest for as long as six months afterward.
Alarmingly, even after the lengthy recovery time, some patients experience permanently altered biomechanics that can actually lead to pain in other areas due to surgically induced misalignment. This can in turn necessitate additional surgery to correct the problems created in the first surgery.
Conversely, stem cell therapy not only speeds the recovery process dramatically, but it does so without the need for any steroids or opioid pain medication. When you return to sports or other strenuous activities, you’ll do so with the confidence that your alignment is exactly the same as it was, only now you’ll be planting your body weight on improved cartilage or tissue.
Safe & Natural Procedures to Overcome Pain
PRP and adult mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) injections are autologous, which means they’re obtained from the same individual who’s using them. So while they still carry the slight risk of infection or bleeding that all injections involve, there’s effectively no risk of allergic reaction or rejection of the patient’s own PRP or stem cells.
Both types of therapies are minimally invasive and adhere to all relevant FDA guidelines. The MSC therapy we provide is an FDA-accepted part of the practice of medicine, because we only process and apply the cells you already have in your body. We produce PRP using 510(k) cleared medical devices, registered and fully compliant with FDA regulations.