Joint & Tissue Repair – Cellular Therapy

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What is the cost?

The final cost of this treatment will ultimately be determined at the time of your consultation. Stem Cell and PRP therapy is typically not covered by your insurance company. If you decide you want to explore this treatment option, you will first speak with one of our financial counselors. He or she will work with you to determine if your insurance will pay or if you will need to pay out of pocket for the treatment.

Where is this treatment offered?

The Stem Cell and PRP therapy is offered at our Hallandale facility.
800 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Suite 15, Hallandale, Fl 33009

What should I do if I think I’m a candidate?

Contact our office for any questions that you might have 954-455-8400 or email us at Lasertherapspa2012@gmail.com
When your consultation is booked, please bring medical records pertaining to your injury, recent x-rays no more than a few months old and a recent MRI if available.

Where do the stem cells come from?

We use bone marrow stem cells called BMAC. Bone marrow stem cells are harvested from the posterior iliac crest (the back of the hip). We may harvest only BMAC or we might use a combination of BMAC and PRP and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Sometime we will also mix PRP with BMAC, but BMAC already contains platelets so it just depends on the individual case and how large or small the joint is we need to inject. The human body keeps a supply of stem cells available to help repair injured and degenerated tissues at all times, making it fairly simple to retrieve them for therapeutic purposes. Stem cells remain in reserve in the marrow cavity of your bones; we have found the easiest place to harvest these stem cells is from the back of the hip area (iliac bone). The procedure is done in the office, under a sterile technique. Patients lay face down as the doctor thoroughly cleans the area before numbing the skin and bone. A special needle is inserted into the bone to withdraw marrow blood, which contains the stem cells.

Note: This procedure is not like a bone marrow biopsy nor is it at painful as one. This harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and not considered difficult as many patients claim it is not painful. After bone marrow blood is drawn, it is placed into our TruPRP Magellan centrifuge to concentrate and purify the stem cells while other cells that are not needed are removed, leaving a concentrated sample of stem cells used to help heal your injury. The entire process is done by hand to enable customized designing of the stem cell specimen for your particular injury.

Will the procedure regenerate cartilage in my joint?

There is data suggesting an ability to regenerate cartilage in the joints, but it also appears that whether or not the cartilage regenerates has little correlation with the significant relief of pain. If there is significant spurring and complete loss of the joint space, there will be little chance of cartilage regeneration.

What is the success rate of a Stem Cell and PRP therapy?

Our experience is that most patients will have significant relief of pain around 1-2 months post injection. This will often continue to improve for the first 3-6 months after the procedure. There are patients who will not get any improvement at all from this procedure, probably around 10%.

Does the treatment consist of one injection or multiple injections?

Typically we do one stem cell injection, followed up 6 weeks later with a platelet rich plasma injection. If you are coming in from out of town, this will be taken into consideration and may be modified. Our protocol is continually evolving, so this is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis.

Can I fly / drive home that day?

If you are flying (and you are not the pilot), you may fly home the same day, but there will be increased pain/discomfort after the procedure. If you are driving, you should have a driver, as there can be some mild to moderate discomfort in the first few hours following the procedure.

Research Supporting Stem Cell Therapy:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182613/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24893776

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25709000

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049890/