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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...