Feel The Difference: Regenerative Medicine is a new, advancing field focusing on the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue utilizing stem cells that promote natural healing.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a form of injection treatment for pain caused by weakened ligaments and tendons.
The treatment involves extracting the repair cells from a small amount of your blood and injecting a concentrated amount to build new ligament or tendon in areas where it has become weak or injured. To create the PRP, blood is drawn and placed in specialized medical equipment that uses state-of-the-art technology to separate platelets and active blood components into a syringe.
Ligaments are the structures that connect bones to bones and support joints. Tendons are the structures that connect muscles to bones and move joints.
When ligaments or tendons are injured, they don’t always heal to their original strength or endurance due to limited blood supply where they attach to the bone. These attachments have many small nerve endings and will cause pain when they are injured.
PRP is injected directly into the area that the ligament or tendon attaches to the bone. This focuses the natural healing process in the injured area. The result is a stronger bond between the ligament or tendon and the bone.
In the past 60 years, research has helped physicians improve injection techniques to successfully treat pain caused by ligament and tendon injuries. PRP is becoming a popular choice for these difficult problems.
What is Stem Cell Transfer?
Stem cell transfer is a procedure done in the office setting where blood from bone marrow is extracted, filtered, and stem cells are utilized to grow cartilage in an arthritic joint. These stem cells grow and develop into cartilage and are called autologous mesenchymal stem cells. Stem cells are being utilized to treat arthritis and other conditions. Another excellent source of stem cells is from a fat graft. In the office, mini liposuction performed, usually in the abdomen, and the stem cells are extracted from the fat and utilized with the platelets. Other times, stem cells from bone marrow and fat are used in combination with the platelets depending on the severity of the condition.
What Can Be Treated with PRP/Stem Cells Therapy?
- Lower leg
- Ankle and Foot
- Arthritic Joints
- Wrist and Hand
How Long Will It Take To Complete A Course Of Treatments?
The response to treatment varies from person to person, and depends upon one’s own healing ability. Some people may only need one treatment, while others may need several. The average number of treatments is 1 to 3 per area treated. The usual time between treatments is 3 or 4 weeks. This is the time needed for the body to repair the area after the injection.
A typical course of injections treatment will take 1-3 months. Rehabilitation exercises may be recommended to continue even after the injections are finished.
What Is Injected and What Are The Risks?
After your blood, stem cells or fat graft is processed and concentrated, the reparative components are injected into injured areas to accelerate the natural healing process. Nothing is added to the blood to create the PRP. A local anesthetic may be used to decrease the pain during injection. The risks of treatment are extremely low. Dr. Monzon uses ultrasound guidance and/or fluoroscopy for all Regenerative Cell Therapy injections, eliminating
the risks of damaging surrounding structures, or
of injecting the wrong location. We will review
the complete risks of treatment and options with
you at your visit.
Are There Any Special Instructions?
Do not take anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) or aspirin one week before and for several months after the procedure as these medications inhibits the healing process.
Is Regenerative Cell Therapy For Me?
If you suffer from arthritis, an injured ligament, or tendon injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. PRP heals tissue with minimal or no scaring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissue. An initial visit with Dr. Monzon and diagnostic testing might be needed to determine if you are a candidate for Regenerative Cell Therapy. If PRP or Stem Cell Transfer is an option for you, the procedure will be scheduled on a different day, and will take about one to two hours.