Stem Cell Therapy in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Our physicians utilize stem cell therapy in treating Arthritis, Tendonitis, Knee Pain & More
As an alternative to surgery, our patients can now benefit from injections of platelet – rich plasma, amniotic, bone marrow or adipose stem cells to treat chronic orthopaedic conditions. These treatments can reduce pain and provide long lasting relief from chronic tendinitis, early arthritis and cartilage damage in the joint.
Our surgeons offer these fairly new treatment options; PRP, amniotic membrane stem cell, bone marrow stem cell as well as adipose stem cell injections to successfully treat patients with knee, hip or shoulder osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, chronic bursitis, meniscal tears and degenerative arthritis. (For clarification, amniotic stem cells comes from the amniotic sac – not an embryo. While some people may have ethical issues with embryonic stem cell therapy, most people agree the use of amniotic tissue product raises no ethical or moral questions.) Amniotic tissue, such as the tissue we use has been used since 1910 in the US and is FDA-exempt for treating wounds and other conditions. It was first used for treating eye problems, primarily corneas and is still widely used in ophthalmology today.
Why do I have chronic pain in my joints and tendons?
As we age, our bodies undergo wear and tear from previous injuries, exercising, playing sports or arthritis. We do not repair these injures as well as we did when we were young. We produce less of our repair cells (mesenchymal stem cells) as we get older so it takes longer to recover.
How can Amniotic tissue injections help me?
Stem cell treatment takes advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. With amniotic tissue product, the physician injects cells from amniotic tissues into your body. These stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to steroid and cortisone shots. What’s great is stem cell therapy can go beyond the benefits of standard “injection therapy.” Stem cells can actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in amniotic stem cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Stem cell injections also contain hyaluronic acid which lubricates tendons and joints which eases pain and helps to restore mobility.
How are Bone Marrow stem cells obtained?
One of the richest sources of stem cells is bone marrow, and the hip (pelvis) is one of the best and most convenient locations for obtaining bone marrow. During the harvesting procedure, the doctor removes (or aspirates) your cells from the pelvis. A trained nurse or technician then uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the stem cells in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the surgeon for implantation at the site of injury. This technique can be performed in one of our procedure rooms at the clinic.
How are Adipose stem cells obtained?
A small sample of Adipose tissue (fat) is removed from above the Superior Iliac spine (love handles) or abdomen under a local anesthetic. Then a trained nurse or technician uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the adipose stem cells and provides the cells back to the surgeon for implantation at the site of injury. This technique can be performed in one of our procedure rooms at the clinic.
What are the benefits of Stem Cell injections?
Amniotic Stem Cell injections provide patients with a non-surgical treatment option to reduce various types of musculoskeletal pain. The injections are performed under Ultrasound guidance to ensure proper placement of the stem cells. With amniotic stem cells, there is no threat of patient rejection and amniotic fluid is highly concentrated source of stem cells, which makes this type of stem cell injection preferable.
Are Stem Cell injections safe?
Yes, more than 10,000 injections have been performed without a single reported adverse side effect. The use of amniotic stem cells is well researched, safe and effective, plus they have been used by ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons for around 20 years.
Is PRP the same as Stem Cell Therapy?
No, PRP is the injection or addition of blood platelets to enhance or jump-start the healing of soft tissue. Stem cell therapy is the process of using stem cells to create new cells to promote damaged or lost cells. They are different treatments but fall in the category of regenerative medicine.
How is PRP obtained?
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. The increased concentration of platelets is then injected back into the region of the body being treated. This technique can also be performed in one of our clinic procedure rooms.
Does insurance cover these regenerative procedures?
While PRP and stem cell therapy has been used for years to treat a multitude of injuries, their application is fairly new to orthopaedics. Due to this, some insurance companies may deny coverage making these procedures self-pay. In most cases it’s close to the amount of your deductible if you did in fact have a surgery. Our business office will be happy to work with you to obtain alternative payment arrangements prior to scheduling any procedure.
Am I a candidate for these regenerative treatment options?
If you are suffering from any kind of joint, tendon or ligament pain and most other conservative treatments aren’t alleviating it then you may be a candidate for amniotic tissue product. However, if you have severe degenerative osteoarthritis you may not be eligible. If you believe you are a candidate then please call our clinic to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our surgeons. They will look at your X-rays and examine you to determine if you are a candidate for one of these regenerative treatments.
Post-Procedure Instructions for Joints
Immediately After Your Cell Transplant Procedure: The stem cell injection includes producing a micro-injury in the joint. As a result, expect the joint to be sore. This can be everything from minimally sore to very sore.
Activity: The goal is to allow the stem cells to attach and then to protect them while they differentiate into cartilage. For this reason, you’ll be asked to keep the joint as still as possible for 30-60 minutes after the procedure. Do not take a bath for three days, but a shower 12 hours after the procedure is fine.
1st – 3rd Day: For the first day, you should limit activity on the joint. You may have post-op soreness, or have a natural limp or “antalgic” gait (your body does this to reduce pressure on the area to allow healing). If you don’t have this, then simply, naturally taking a bit of weight off this area as you walk is a good idea the first day. Avoid all contact sports as well as jogging, running, or sports that involve impact on that joint.
4th Day – 2nd Week: You can start to walk normally, no more than 30-60 minutes a day. Avoid all contact sports as well as jogging, running, or sports that involve impact on that joint. Bike riding is fine as are stationary bikes (no up/downs), elliptical machines, and swimming (no breast stroke).
3rd – 6th Week: Avoid all contact sports as well as jogging, running, or sports that involve impact on that joint. You can walk as much as you like. Bike riding is fine, as are stationary bikes, elliptical machine, and swimming.
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