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Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery – Dr. Alon Antebi, D.O.
 

Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery

Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery

Musculoskeletal injuries are associated with back pain, sports injuries, stiff neck muscles and arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Proper assessment, diagnosis and intervention for such conditions are done by health specialists, specifically by orthopedic surgeons. They are experts in diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system. 

Orthopedic surgeons focus on detailed fields such as pediatrics, oncology, trauma, sports medicine, foot & ankle surgery, hip & knee surgery, and spine surgery. Some of the most common conditions seen by orthopedic surgeons include knee osteoarthritis, fractures, and foot issues, including heel spurs, bunions, and hammertoes. 

While physicians avoid it wherever possible, surgery is sometimes inevitable and must be done to help a patient full recover. This is where regenerative medicine can be a helpful tool.

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine that utilizes the body’s built-in healing mechanisms to promote more natural, less invasive healing procedures. Regenerative medicine has become more popular because a growing number of people with injuries don’t want to undergo surgery to manage their pain. Not just because these procedures are invasive in nature, but surgery wait lists have never been longer, and the recovery time for surgery is much longer.

However, if the injury is severe enough to require surgery, regenerative medicine procedures such as platelet-rich plasma therapy or stem cell therapy, can play a huge role in speeding up the healing process. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses a small amount of the patient’s own blood to help heal their injuries. Their blood is extracted, separated and concentrated for its growth factors and plasma. Then, it is reinserted into the target area of the body for healing.

Plasma is a mixture of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The platelets are what clots and helps to stop the bleeding. Without these platelets, you would continue to bleed, which, of course, is not ideal.

Before a treatment can begin, blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This prevents any potential contamination or other issues. Since it’s your own blood, you are less likely to have a reaction or reject the treatment. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to concentrate the platelets into a form that can be used. 

Doing this stimulates them in a way that makes them more likely to heal you. When the platelets are activated, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to, which is to improve your appearance or be used as a part of a stem cell treatment.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is completely safe as we are using what your body naturally produces, concentrating the desired critical components and transplanting them into the affected area for effective tissue regeneration and healing. There is no risk of rejection and very minimal overall procedural risk. 

As opposed to the blood used in PRP, bone marrow is the source of these autologous, natural healing cells. With the ability to regenerate into any tissue type, these are the most basic components and cellular building blocks. 

Often, our bodies can not accumulate enough stem cells into the affected or injured area, thus limiting the healing process from fully repairing the damaged tissue. By utilizing your own new adult stem cells and introducing a concentrated amount into an area of injury, we promote recruitment of even further stem cells and complete healing, growth, and regeneration of the needed tissue directly.

By avoiding high risk, aggressive surgical options and utilizing cellular therapy allows for very minimal or no down time. The repair process generally takes two to three months to complete, but improvement can be noticed in most cases before then.

Have A Question About Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic doctors are crucial for situations including muscle, joint, or bone pain that has come about from an injury, as well as pain in the knee and hip due to age or injury. Osteoarthritis also calls for an orthopaedic doctor’s attention, in addition to arthritis in one’s hip, knee or elbow. If you are experiencing pain in your back or neck, an orthopaedic doctor is also able to help. 

If you suffer from chronic pain, numbness, or experience headaches along with pain in your neck or back, you may also require the services of a neurologist. If your condition was the result of a sporting injury, you may also want to consider reaching out to a physical therapist or sports medicine physician.

Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery

Musculoskeletal injuries are associated with back pain, sports injuries, stiff neck muscles and arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Proper assessment, diagnosis and intervention for such conditions are done by health specialists, specifically by orthopedic surgeons. They are experts in diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system. 

Orthopedic surgeons focus on detailed fields such as pediatrics, oncology, trauma, sports medicine, foot & ankle surgery, hip & knee surgery, and spine surgery. Some of the most common conditions seen by orthopedic surgeons include knee osteoarthritis, fractures, and foot issues, including heel spurs, bunions, and hammertoes. 

While physicians avoid it wherever possible, surgery is sometimes inevitable and must be done to help a patient full recover. This is where regenerative medicine can be a helpful tool.

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine that utilizes the body’s built-in healing mechanisms to promote more natural, less invasive healing procedures. Regenerative medicine has become more popular because a growing number of people with injuries don’t want to undergo surgery to manage their pain. Not just because these procedures are invasive in nature, but surgery wait lists have never been longer, and the recovery time for surgery is much longer.

However, if the injury is severe enough to require surgery, regenerative medicine procedures such as platelet-rich plasma therapy or stem cell therapy, can play a huge role in speeding up the healing process. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses a small amount of the patient’s own blood to help heal their injuries. Their blood is extracted, separated and concentrated for its growth factors and plasma. Then, it is reinserted into the target area of the body for healing.

Plasma is a mixture of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The platelets are what clots and helps to stop the bleeding. Without these platelets, you would continue to bleed, which, of course, is not ideal.

Before a treatment can begin, blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This prevents any potential contamination or other issues. Since it’s your own blood, you are less likely to have a reaction or reject the treatment. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to concentrate the platelets into a form that can be used. 

Doing this stimulates them in a way that makes them more likely to heal you. When the platelets are activated, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to, which is to improve your appearance or be used as a part of a stem cell treatment.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is completely safe as we are using what your body naturally produces, concentrating the desired critical components and transplanting them into the affected area for effective tissue regeneration and healing. There is no risk of rejection and very minimal overall procedural risk. 

As opposed to the blood used in PRP, bone marrow is the source of these autologous, natural healing cells. With the ability to regenerate into any tissue type, these are the most basic components and cellular building blocks. 

Often, our bodies can not accumulate enough stem cells into the affected or injured area, thus limiting the healing process from fully repairing the damaged tissue. By utilizing your own new adult stem cells and introducing a concentrated amount into an area of injury, we promote recruitment of even further stem cells and complete healing, growth, and regeneration of the needed tissue directly.

By avoiding high risk, aggressive surgical options and utilizing cellular therapy allows for very minimal or no down time. The repair process generally takes two to three months to complete, but improvement can be noticed in most cases before then.

Have A Question About Regenerative Medicine In Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic doctors are crucial for situations including muscle, joint, or bone pain that has come about from an injury, as well as pain in the knee and hip due to age or injury. Osteoarthritis also calls for an orthopaedic doctor’s attention, in addition to arthritis in one’s hip, knee or elbow. If you are experiencing pain in your back or neck, an orthopaedic doctor is also able to help. 

If you suffer from chronic pain, numbness, or experience headaches along with pain in your neck or back, you may also require the services of a neurologist. If your condition was the result of a sporting injury, you may also want to consider reaching out to a physical therapist or sports medicine physician.

Dr. Antebi

Dr. Antebi is a top-ranked board-certified physician who graduated in the top 5% of his class at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and fellowship-trained in orthopedic trauma at Tampa General Hospital.