Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine therapies, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell, help to heal injuries, both acute and chronic, by restoring the structure and function of damaged tissues. The conditions treated at OAA's Regenerative Medicine Institute include osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament and muscle tears. Using a patient's own tissue to initiate the healing process, regenerative medicine can help people restore function, help to delay or avoid surgery, and also be used as an adjunct to surgery. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment option that uses components of the body's own blood cells to help relieve pain and accelerate healing. PRP is obtained from the patient through a simple blood draw and then put in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich part of the blood. The platelets are then injected back into the same patient's tendon, joint, or ligament. The platelet-rich plasma injection contains natural growth factors that aid in healing. This regenerative treatment option is becoming increasingly more popular among the sports medicine and orthopaedic communities as a non- operative procedure.

In some scenarios, your doctor might also recommend fat grafting in conjunction with your platelet-rich plasma therapy. Depending on your condition and site of injury, fat (adipose) cells are used as a matrix for the platelet-rich plasma to adhere to and help activate your healing cascade. Using a special device, adipose tissue (fat) is removed from an area of your body where it is stored easily, such as the abdomen. The adipose tissue is then injected into the affected area with the platelet-rich plasma to help enable the opportunity for natural healing and pain relief.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment option that uses the body's stem cells from bone marrow to help relieve pain and accelerate healing. To date, stem cell therapy has been recognized by the global medical community as the biggest breakthrough in natural healing. OAA’s Regenerative Medicine Institute uses stem cell therapy to enhance your body’s own healing process to repair damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

This non-surgical regenerative medicine treatment option involves extracting stem cells from bone marrow and injecting the stem cells into areas with damaged tissue. The body naturally uses its bone marrow stem cells to heal injuries and to help rebuild joints affected by degenerative joint disease. OAA’s Regenerative Medicine Institute boosts the body’s healing process by harvesting stem cells from your pelvis and injecting them directly into the affected area. This procedure helps generate new healthy tissue and accelerates the healing process. This procedure is performed in our office in a sterile environment using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance to ensure comfort and accuracy.

In some scenarios, your doctor might also recommend fat grafting and adipose derived stem cells in conjunction with your stem cell therapy. Depending on your condition and site of injury, fat cells are used as a matrix for bone marrow stem cells to adhere to and help activate your healing cascade. Using a special device, adipose tissue is removed from an area of your body where it is stored easily, such as the abdomen. The adipose tissue is then injected into the affected area with the bone marrow aspirate to help enable the opportunity for natural healing and pain relief.


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  • FAQ

      Q. Am I a candidate for regenerative medicine?

      A. Only you and your doctor can decide if regenerative medicine is an appropriate treatment option for you, but it may not be recommended if you have a current malignancy, infection, or if you are taking certain blood thinners. Our physicians will do a thorough consultation with you to determine if stem cell therapy is a suitable treatment option for you to consider given your medical history and injury. 

      Q. Will regenerative medicine substitute surgery?

      A. Regenerative medicine can help some individuals delay or avoid surgery all together; however, it is not a substitute for surgery in all cases. Some injuries may still require surgery

      Q. Will insurance cover regenerative medicine?

      A. Private insurance companies do not cover regenerative procedures in orthopaedic medicine. It is considered experimental, and therefore OAA's Regenerative Medicine Institute considers this a self-pay procedure that cannot be billed to insurance. 

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