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How effective is “stem cell therapy” for joints?

December 16th, 2019
At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, we only treat joints that are “true” joints. We consider joints that have a synovial capsule and two bones coated with hyaline cartilage (the protective covering over the bones that creates a slick, teflon-like surface) to be “true” joints. Treatment is most effective when it is being used to treat conditions that are affecting joints with this anatomical structure. It is important to understand the source of your pain if you are considering any sort of...

Stem cell therapy vs. joint replacement

December 6th, 2019
It is important to understand what stem cell therapy and joint replacement treat, because theoretically, in orthopedics, it should be the same thing. Say you’re experiencing pain in your knee joint. If you visit a doctor, and they tell you you are “bone on bone”, it means that you’ve worn out your meniscus, which is the leathery pad between the two bones in your knee. If you are told that you “have to have” a knee replacement then the meniscus...

What is stem cell therapy?

December 3rd, 2019
The term “stem cell therapy” means different things to different people; it has many connotations. However, stem cell therapy is actually a specific science. Stem cells, or stem cell “secretomes” are cells that secrete healing factors to change or enhance the local microenvironment around damaged tissue. This can cause proliferation, growth and healing of associated tissue. Note that “stem cell therapy” does not involve stem cells turning into things, as many people misunderstand. These “stem cells” aren’t going to turn...

How much does stem cell therapy cost?

November 22nd, 2019
The most important part of understanding the cost of stem cell therapy is understanding that you need to go to a competent, well-trained physician who recognizes the pathology you’re trying to treat. The physician administering stem cells needs to be a medical doctor (MD or DO), because stem cell therapy is essentially a biopharmaceutical. The only regenerative tissue matrix sources with stem cells for homologous use in joints, come from FDA registered cord labs or from a bone marrow aspiration...

How long does it take stem cell therapy to work?

November 13th, 2019
At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, we encounter patients who have visited other “stem cell” clinics. They’ve been disappointed by unrealistic promises and expectations. It is important to understand how stem cells actually do what they do in order to understand how much time the treatment will take to prove effective. When you inject the joint with stem cells (assuming you are using the proper type of cell and treating the proper pathology), those cells engraft, or bind, to a blood supply...

How effective is stem cell therapy for hips?

November 6th, 2019
If you suffer from severe hip pain, weakness, or stiffness due to a degenerative joint condition, you may have been told that major joint replacement surgery is your only option. To first understand how stem cell therapy can be an effective alternative, you have to understand how your hip works. Your hip is a ball and socket joint. If the ball joint is flattened, or collapsed, or looks like cauliflower, this means the joint is mechanically distorted, and stem cell...

What are the different types of stem cells?

November 1st, 2019
Stem cells promote healing. They are alive, and act like mini “factories” that produce different healing proteins or factors. They themselves do not turn into tissue, and their existence is temporary, but introducing “adult” stem cells to an injury site (like an arthritic joint) has an activating effect. Think of it like this; an earthquake on the island of Maui may last for 30 seconds, but an earthquake under the ocean off the coast of Maui will trigger a tsunami...

Rotator Cuff Repair

March 21st, 2018
Rotator Cuff Repair for Those in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland & Neighboring Regions Whether you have recently injured your rotator cuff or it happened many years ago, you may require a rotator cuff repair in order to fully restore your joint health. Rotator cuff repair can be used to correct minor tears or reattach fully torn tissue. You may be a candidate for this type of procedure if you are suffering from persistent shoulder pain, joint weakness and/or decreased range...

Bankart Repair

March 16th, 2018
Bankart Repair for Patients in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland & Neighboring Areas At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, we offer patients a broad range of minimally invasive surgical procedures to repair damaged shoulders, hips, necks, backs, knees and more. From our innovative Bankart repair procedures to our arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, SLAP lesion repair and everything in between, our orthopedic surgeons and physicians are the medical team to trust with your surgical joint repair. Unlike many other orthopedic clinics that...

Ligament Tear

February 8th, 2018
Ligament Tear in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland & Surrounding Cities A ligament tear can refer to a tear in any of the body’s ligaments, but it is more often associated with knee ligament injuries. If you hear a popping in the knee, there is a significant chance you have torn a ligament. Otherwise, you may simply be suffering from a knee sprain or osteoarthritis. If you think you have a torn ACL, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament or lateral collateral...