IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE RIGHT FOR ME?
As noted by the National Institutes of Health: Regenerative medicine is an emerging area of science that holds great promise for treating and even curing a variety of injuries and disease. Regenerative medicine includes using stem cells and other technologies – such as engineered biomaterials and gene editing – to repair or replace damaged cells, tissues, or organs. As they rightly delineate, … much work remains to be done toward the development of safe and effective regenerative medicine products and to realize the full potential of this field.
At STAR our research and clinical applications have demonstrated that promise for patients suffering from a host of joint, muscle and spine conditions for well over a decade.
The process is done as a same day outpatient procedure. First we harvest and process patient’s blood and adipose (fat) tissue. Next we use navigation and equipment to instill the healing substrate at the exact coordinates of the patients injured area. There is minimal or no scarring and recovery is far less traumatic and prolonged than surgical interventions.
REGENERATIVE MEDICINE TYPES
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy provides an exciting solution to tendon and ligament injuries as well as osteoarthritis by combining the body’s natural ability to heal itself with the latest medical and scientific technology.
Adipose Derived Stem Cells (Fat Graft Transfer Therapy)
Fat from our body is the richest source of adult mesenchymal stem cells. Possessing the unique capacity to self replicate throughout the body, stem cells can “morph” into other cell types to repair injured tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT
Identify the root cause of the problem. To that end, we use various detective tools (such as imaging studies and navigation control procedures) to uncover the smoking gun or cause of pain.
Tailor treatment options to the cause. Treatment may be as simple as prescribing the proper physical therapy routine or as multifaceted as combining image-guided stem cell treatment with rehabilitation and nutritional counseling.
Maintaining wellness to safeguard a long-term successful outcome. This is accomplished with a systematic program to sustain optimal function at home, work and community environments. We also recommend routine follow-up appointments (as indicated) to monitor and preserve good health.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've provided answers to our most common questions regarding Regenerative Medicine.
What Is The Recovery Time?
It takes approximately six to eight weeks to respond to treatment. Again, for severe problems some patients require more than one treatment.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
The response to treatment varies. Many patients do well with a single treatment but some patients with more severe conditions may require additional injections.
What Should I Expect After The Injection?
There may be an initial increase in discomfort for roughly ten days. However, the positive effects of the injection can often be noticed within the first week. We allow you to return to your activities of daily living following the procedure according to the STAR specific rehab protocol (that we would share with you at the time of your initial procedural evaluation). Certainly, a return to stressful activities before the initial six to eight weeks could result in incomplete healing of treated tissue.
Are There Any Special Instructions Prior To The Injection?
Patients are restricted from the use of blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medications or supplements which prolong bleeding time for one week prior to the procedure and from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for one month after the procedure.
Will I Be Prescribed Medicine Or Recommended To Have Surgery?
Our goal is to coach you through the three step process to good health; without the use of harmful pharmaceuticals or invasive surgeries. Conventional pharmaceuticals are used to suppress symptoms versus treating the cause . While they are very powerful, their long list of potential effects reflects their cellular toxicity. To avoid using pharmaceuticals we will recommend supplements based on your testing. STAR has set-up a natural pharmacy stocked with high quality, natural supplements aimed at healing your cells – instead of simply dampening symptoms. Having the STAR Natural Pharmacy is a convenience for our patients. We do not require you use the products we sell, but will provide recommendations for high quality supplements.
How Many Visits Should I Expect?
The number of visits depends on your initial assessment. For example: a person experiencing one type of cellular dysfunction and needing only a few lifestyle modifiers may simply need to be seen once or twice to restore their health. On the other hand, a person experiencing multiple toxicities and deficiencies as well as having serious lifestyle issues will require a stronger commitment. This individual may need to be seen once or twice a month for several months until cellular function is restored and lifestyle modifications become entrenched.
Will Insurance Cover My Visit?
Unfortunately, like so many emerging technologies, insurance companies are unwilling to pay for regenerative solutions. Having said that, if you were to diligently calculate your preoperative, intra-operative and postoperative out of pocket expenses, the cash outlay for regenerative medicine often proves to be substantially lower. Moreover, the complication rate of regenerative medicine pales in comparison and recovery time is minimal.
What Orthopedic Conditions Can Be Treated With PRP Or Adipose (Fat) Graft Transfers?
Medical research demonstrates promising results for the rebuilding of cartilage for patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the shoulders, knees, hips, and thumbs as well as the repair of tendons (including the rotator cuff). Scientific reports reveal smoothing of roughened cartilage, the return of range of motion, and ablation of pain from osteoarthritis. These treatments can be effective for ligament and meniscal tears, tendon injuries, sports injuries, rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, or shoulder, and various spine conditions.
Are Regenerative Medicine Procedures Including PRP And Fat Graft Therapy Safe?
Yes. PRP and fat transfer techniques have been used for thirty years in surgical, orthopedic, dental, and plastic surgery settings. Because we use your own blood and/or fat there is no risk of a transmissible infection and very low risk of an allergic reaction. The trauma is minimal and so is the resultant bleeding.