Stem Cell Injections
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions.
Stem cells are being used in regenerative medicine to renew and repair diseased or damaged tissues, and have shown promising results in treatments of various orthopedic, cardiovascular, neuromuscular and autoimmune conditions.
Stem cells are present in all of us acting like a repair system for the body. However, with increased age sometimes the necessary amounts of stem cells are not present at the injured area. The goal of stem cell therapy is to amplify the natural repair system of the patient’s body by increasing the numbers of stem cells at injury sites.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections
Bone marrow contains a high number of stem cells or precursor cells that have the potential to replicate and transform into cells of any tissue. It may be aspirated and concentrated to form a biologic therapy agent that is particularly useful for the healing of bone, cartilage, and tendon. It also contains growth factors, progenitor cells, platelets and white blood cells which aid the healing process. The aspirate is usually drawn from the iliac bone in your hip or from your shin bone. It is then concentrated in a centrifuge machine and injected directly into the desired area to promote healing.
Amniotic Fluid Stem Cell Injections
Amniotic fluid (AF) is the protective media which surrounds the amnion, the sac which encloses a developing fetus in the womb. This amniotic membrane (AM) and fluid have been found to be excellent sources of stem cells or precursor cells that have the ability to multiply and transform into cells of any tissue. Stem cells aid in the repair and regeneration of tissues and can be used to treat various orthopedic injuries and conditions.
The amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid are usually discarded after birth but may be obtained from a donor with prior consent after a cesarean section. It is then developed into a biologic therapy which can be cryopreserved or frozen for later use.
Amniotic fluid stem cell therapy may be used to treat wounds, soft tissue defects and joint conditions. These stem cells may be applied topically or injected into deep tissues. Besides stem cells, they also contain growth factors, proteins and other extracellular components which facilitate the healing process, reduce inflammation and act as a scaffold for new tissue growth.
Adipose tissue injections
The mixture of regenerative cells and growth factors that are derived from adipose tissue is called the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and has been an excellent choice for soft tissue repair, especially the regeneration of cartilaginous joints such as knees, hips and shoulders.
For more information to see if you are a candidate, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Ronak Patel.
Please call (630) 920-2350 or click here to request an appointment online.