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 Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is a very invasive procedure that usually includes a substantial recovery period. In addition, doctors have strict age and health requirements when they qualify patients for this kind of surgery. This major procedure includes such risks as the potential for strokes and heart attacks.
In contrast, neither PRP or stem cell therapy require surgery or a long recovery time. Doctors can also qualify more patients for these low-risk procedures. These minimally invasive therapies only take a few hours and leave the patient free to carry out normal activities soon afterwards.
Safe & Natural Procedures to Reduce Hip Pain
Both adult stem cell injections and PRP are autologous. This means they both use injections from tissues that were obtained from the same person who will receive them. They carry the same slight risk of infection or bleeding that all injections do. At the same time, using the patient’s own blood and stem cells all but eliminates the chance of allergic reactions and rejection.
Both of these minimally invasive therapies: