Umbilical Cord Tissue (Umbilical Cord Matrix) – In an attempt to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes, our providers choose to use allografts derived from Wharton's Jelly. Research indicates that the highest concentration of MSCs in the human anatomy is in Wharton's Jelly, the protective tissue found in the umbilical cord. This tissue is harvested from donated umbilical cords, which are collected after full-term, live births and then processed into an injectable. Procedure times ranges from 5 to 15 minutes are requires no sedation.
Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMAC) – Bone marrow is a source of MSCs utilized in regenerative medicine. It is accessed through the patient's hip (iliac crest). This procedure requires the patient to receive a sedative and then lay prone while the bone marrow is removed from their hip. After the bone marrow is removed it is typically spun in a centrifuge to separate the cells and then injected into the patient. Procedure times range from 45 to 120 minutes.
Adipose Tissue – Adipose Tissue, also know as fat, is also a source of MSCs. For this procedure patients undergo a minor liposuction procedure in which adipose tissue is harvested from the mid-section. The tissue is then subjected to a mechanical or chemical operation to isolate the cells and it is then injected back into the patient. Procedure times range from 45 to 120 minutes.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, has been in use for decades and is simply a concentration of your own blood. PRP does not contain MSCs and is not considered a stem cell therapy. It does, however, contain an array of growth factors that assist the bodies healing process. Blood is drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge, and then injected back into the patient. Procedure time ranges from 15 to 45 minutes.
Regenerative therapy doesn’t produce immediate results like a patient will experience from a steroid injection, which eventual wears off. Patients responding to treatment typically start seeing improvement in about two to eight weeks. They should continue seeing improvements in their condition going forward.
No doctor can guarantee permanent results from treatment. Many who undergo regenerative medicine therapy continue seeing improvement 12 to 24 months from treatment. In some instances, physicians may offer additional injections to help promote continued healing.
Your improvements may not show up on any x-rays or MRIs done on the site of treatment after you’ve undergone your therapy. Studies done on the results of regenerative therapy show that pain relief often doesn’t correlate to physical changes in the appearance of your condition.