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Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Pain at The Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group
Stem Cells are the body's repair cells. New techniques allow us to harvest them for use in areas in need.
A promising alternative to surgery, this revolutionary procedure is done in less than one hour. Most patients experience marked improvement about five weeks after the procedure, helping you resume your daily activities relieved of joint pain.
Conditions We Treat
Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are available for many conditions as a promising alternative to surgery.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are your body's repair cells.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a liquid concentrate of platelets. Platelets contain hundreds of growth factors that are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is a newer modality of treatment for the management of many orthopedic conditions including sports injuries. RBC (red blood cells), WBC (white blood cells), plasma, and platelets are the major components of blood. Platelets are small discoid blood cells with granules containing clotting and growth factors, which are released during the healing process. On activation, the platelets accelerate the inflammatory cascade as well as healing by the release of the granules containing growth factors. Platelets have an average lifespan of seven to 10 days.
A normal blood specimen contains only 6% platelets whereas platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains a much higher concentration of platelets. A PRP injection is generally recommended in the treatment of tendon or muscle injuries with a success rate of about 70% to 80%. Four to six weeks may be required for complete healing.
Special precautions are required for individuals with low platelet count, bleeding disorders, those on blood thinning medications or anti-inflammatory medications, individuals allergic to local anesthetic agents, those with active infections and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Where do we get the Stem Cells?
We harvest the Stem Cells from the fat around the belly. A small liposuction procedure is done and six to ten teaspoons of fat are removed. The fat is placed into a machine (a centrifuge) that separates the Stem Cells from the rest of the fat. We also draw blood. From the blood, we separate and concentrate the platelets using the centrifuge. We then add the concentrated platelets (PRP) to the Stem Cells and inject the mixture into the area in need. Five weeks after the initial procedure you will return for another injection of PRP.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes 15 - 20 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare the cells. It is done in the office using local anesthesia.
How long until I see results?
Most people notice improvement about five weeks from the date of the procedure.
David Zaret M.D. is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with expertise in Foot and Ankle injuries, however he treats all manner of orthopedic conditions.
Eric Price M.D. is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with expertise in Sports Medicine conditions. Though his emphasis is on shoulder and knee problems, he treats all types of orthopedic conditions.
Dr. Levitz is a board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist who specializes in the use of minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures for knee and shoulder repair.