Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment
The emerging field of stem cell therapy promises to change the face of medicine, and orthopedics is no exception. While many of these treatments remain largely experimental and cost-prohibitive, there are some methods that have become publicly available in recent years. The procedures are typically highly effective, with some patients experiencing noticeable results within days. Injured tissues including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and even bone can be restored with stem cell therapy, commonly through the use of targeted injections.
In a typical procedure an orthopedic surgeon extracts bone marrow cells – some of which are stem cells – from a patient. The stem cells are then separated by a centrifuge and prepared to be injected back into the patient’s body where treatment is needed. Once introduced back into the body, these cells can grow to become any type of specialized cell, and typically they are able to determine what is needed when they are injected into an injured area. For example, they can form cartilage tissue in a joint where that particular type of tissue has been depleted. Tendon, ligament, and bone cells can theoretically be generated to repair original structures that have been damaged.
Stem cell orthopedic therapy has the potential to replace many types of joint, bone, and spinal surgery with a simple series of injections. The cells immediately begin to repair the injuries, and positive progress can be observed almost right away.
Central Texas Spine Center of Austin remains on the cutting edge of orthopedic surgery, therapy, and rehabilitation. Doctor Randall F. Dryer, M.D. not only has years of experience treating all varieties of spinal issues, but stays current with all emerging technologies to constantly deliver the best care available to his patients. If you think you may be a candidate for orthopedic stem cell treatment, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.