STEM CELL THERAPY - VITALITY MEDICINE OF NEW YORK
In What Conditions Can Adult Stem Cells Be Used?
Stem cell regenerative therapy can be used in almost all chronic conditions involving multiple systems. For Musculoskeletal and Joint regenerative therapy, they are most commonly used for the treatment of conditions that have failed or responded incompletely to other more conservative treatments, including:
Osteoarthritis of the Joints such as knee, hip, shoulder
Chronic partial rotator cuff tears
Persistent partial tendon tears, such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar
Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee, chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome)
Degenerative disc bulge/disease
Regenerative therapy is an outpatient procedure that is done at the point of care. It involves the application of a concentrated form of platelet rich plasma, and/or bone marrow or fat (adipose) cell aspirate/harvested tissue directly and precisely to the affected area. This is a generally painless procedure in most cases, and completely safe.
This therapy can be used to aid and to AMPLIFY the healing process in a skin collagen, hair growth, sexual optimization, joint, cartilage, meniscal, tendon or muscle condition.
Stem Cell Therapy from Bone Marrow (Autologous)
ADULT STEM CELLS FROM YOUR OWN BONE MARROW: A great source of regenerative MSCs can be found in iliac crest of the hipbone and processed with the bone marrow concentrating system. These stem cells have more chondrocytic (cartilage & bone forming) properties that are especially useful for musculoskeletal conditions listed above. These cells however deplete in bone marrow with age.
Stem Cell Therapy from Fat/Adipose (Autologous)
ADULT STEM CELLS FROM YOUR OWN ADIPOSE (FAT): Fat can be removed from your own body, usually from abdominal, buttock or thigh area and processed. These highly concentrated fat stem solutions are sent to FDA registered laboratory to isolate stem cells. Fat stem cells are well preserved in good enough concentration even with aging. These cells can be mixed with platelet rich plasma (PRP) and then injected back into your body in the area of concern.
UMBILICAL CORD/PLACENTAL/AMNIOTIC FLUID ALLOGRAFT
Placental tissues have been used as biologic dressings for over 100 years. Placental/Amniotic tissue is unique in that it is “immune privileged” and, as such rarely evokes an immune response. The cells inherent in the placental tissues are found to be broadly multipotent, capable of differentiating into other cells. They have shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-adhesive properties with wide range of growth factors. Human placenta tissue-derived allografts (other human donor usually form controlled caesarean section) are an alternative to other regenerative products.
THE PROCEDURE: Injections to affected area such as the skin, hair, tendon or joint are performed under all aseptic and antiseptic precautions with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to ensure proper placement. Local numbing cream or skin numbing injection usually suffices to keep pain controlled. The entire process takes less than one hour.
PRECAUTIONS For the first week after the injections, it is critical to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, including Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, Celebrex Mobic and other such anti-inflammatories. These will interfere with the healing response. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication for post-injection discomfort
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER? Most patients see considerable change of skin tone, hair growth or relief of their pain with improvement in function within 4-8 weeks. Even though the intent of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve function, there have been reports of cartilage thickening and many patients have successfully delayed surgery. The success rate varies depending on the part of the body being treated, but has been reported to be as high as 80-85% for treatment involving the knee joint.
Currently cell assisted regenerative therapies, including stem cell injections, are still considered experimental. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, do NOT pay for cell assisted regenerative therapies. Please contact your physician or health care personnel for more information.