Stem Cell and PRP Therapy – Regenerative Medicine

Find out if regenerative medicine can help you avoid major joint replacement surgery.

Regenerative medicine and injection therapy includes the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, amniotic growth factors and stem cells from bone marrow and umbilicial cords to treat patients of all ages and activity levels without surgery.

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Benefits of Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

Stem cell and PRP therapy work to treat a variety of orthopaedic issues including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage (meniscal) tears
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Hip Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Joint instability
  • Muscle strains
  • Myofacial pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropoty
  • Partial muscle tears
  • Partial quadriceps and patellar tendon tears
  • Other chronic tendon and ligament problems
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Why Choose Orlando Orthopaedic Center?

As a practice of orthopaedic surgeons and specialists, we are able to provide our patients with diverse treatment options and a full continuum of care, ranging from physical therapy to advanced regenerative medicine techniques and minimally invasive surgery should it be required. Each treatment protocol is tailored to the patient and there is never a “one size fits all” approach. Unlike other regenerative medicine clinics, we use regenerative medicine as one “tool in our toolbox” to treat patients and restore function to damaged joints and cartilage.

Patient Success Stories

Thomas, Stem Cell Patient

“I would highly recommend stem cell, and then from a personal experience I would not trade the relationship I have with Dr. Reuss.”

– Thomas P.

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Steven, Stem Cell Patient

“The biggest benefit for me is that I can now ski full days again without pain and I don’t limp at night after skiing. It has just been great.”

– Steven Appelblatt, M.D.

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George, Stem Cell Patient

“The biggest benefit is that I can now ride my motorcycle. The discomfort, numbness and pain in my leg is now gone.”

– George M.

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FAQs for Stem Cell and PRP Therapy

When referring to the field of stem cell therapy, the more proper term is orthobiologics.  This refers to the spectrum of treatments using concentrated cells, including stem cells from your own body or tissues from other biologic sources to restore lost, damaged, or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body.  These cells allow the body to heal without the use of drugs, and in some cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery altogether. Most patients will see signs of improvement anywhere from 4-8 weeks following the treatment protocol, though complete improvement can take up to 6 months.  Benefits for patients include less pain and ability to do more.
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.
You may have heard stories of professional baseball and basketball players flying around the globe to receive PRP therapy so they can get back in the game faster. That technology is now offered here at Orlando Orthopaedic Center, and you don’t have to be a professional athlete to experience the benefits. Weekend warriors, recreational athletes and patients of all ages credit PRP therapy for enabling them to get back to what they love with less pain and increased function. Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.

As a concentrated source of these platelets, PRP contains an abundance of growth factors that can stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP Therapy involves using a portion of the patient’s blood enhanced with platelets to promote the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This process can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. This promotes healing and helps patients return to normal function quickly and, potentially, without surgery.

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 to promote faster healing.
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 and to promote the healing of lost or damaged cells. They are different treatments available under the umbrella of regenerative medicine.
Amniotic fluid and umbilical cord tissue are obtained under strict guidelines, and contain high levels of growth factors, structural scaffolds, and other elements that promote tissue healing and regeneration.  They have the tremendous ability to initiate and fuel the repair and regeneration process. These treatments are attractive for older individuals, as the body’s own stem cells tend to lose effectiveness as we get older.
Amniotic tissue and fluid are procured by tissue banks which receive amniotic tissue from voluntary donors in the United States. Donors are screened by a licensed physician who completes a comprehensive review of every donor record and determines donor suitability. Tissue banks are regulated and inspected by the state of Florida. The amniotic tissue is minimally-manipulated per FDA requirements.

This FDA-approved process takes place in a controlled environment using methods designed to prevent contamination and cross-contamination of products.  Finally, the amniotic fluid or tissue are cryo-preserved to maintain bioactivity until they are needed for injection into the patient.

In some cases, stem cells may come from the umbilical cords of healthy, full-term deliveries. This is known as human tissue allograft. These stem cells are used because of the key characteristics of structural Wharton’s Jelly (a gelatinous substance found in the umbilical cord that provides cushioning and support to the umbilical vein and arteries). This jelly contains important structural proteins, cytokines and growth factors that contain stem cells used to promote regenerative treatment.

These products are processed in an FDA registered lab and prepared utilizing a proprietary extraction method. All umbilical stem cells are processed from donated human tissue from full-term deliveries. Comprehensive medical and social histories of the donors are obtained and tissues are procured, processed and tested in accordance with standards established by FDA requirements to minimize potential risks of disease transmission.

Autologous Regenerative Cells (ARCs) are cells obtained from the patient’s body. Currently doctors are using ARCs to treat shoulder, knee, hip and spine degeneration in addition to soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) and other bone related injuries.
The procedure can be completed in one office visit depending on the area being treated. Your physician will be able to provide specific details regarding your treatment plan.
The use of regenerative medicine treatment techniques does not require any invasive procedure, which results in far less pain and a shorter procedure time when compared to surgery. You may feel a small amount of discomfort, but the level of pain varies by individual.
Results, and length of time before relief is felt, varies among patients. The severity of the injury and your personal health history play a significant role in recovery and relief. Your physician will be able to provide specific details regarding your treatment plan.
The cost of regenerative cell and PRP treatment varies based on the procedure. For a complete cost estimate, please call our office at (407) 254-2500.
While regenerative cells and PRP have been used for years to treat a variety of diseases, their application in orthopaedic procedures is relatively new. Because of this, insurance companies may deny coverage making these procedures self-pay times. If your insurance will not cover the treatment, we are happy to offer alternative payment options.

Payment is required prior to the procedure.

Believe it or not, age is not a factor to determine candidacy for regenerative medicine treatment. At Orlando Orthopaedic Center, we find regenerative medicine treatment most appropriate for patients experiencing:

  • Chronic tendinitis
  • Damaged musculoskeletal tissue (rotator cuffs, meniscus, etc.)
  • Moderate osteoarthritis
  • Partially torn tendons

When other conservative treatment options have failed and a patient would prefer not to have surgery, regenerative medicine may work to treat the affected area without the need for invasive surgery or adverse side effects and restrictions.

Although age may not play a role in regenerative medicine candidacy, some other factors certainly do. Patients who are not good candidates for this method of treatment include those:

  • Currently taking a high dose of blood thinner medication
  • Who are obese
  • With an active infection
  • With multiple medical issues (such as diabetes, low testosterone and hypothyroidism)
  • With lymphoma or leukemia

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