Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help injuries heal more quickly. They are used to improve the healing of broken bones and injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body.
In the fields of orthopaedics and sports medicine, we are using procedures like platelet rich plasma injections, stem cell injections, and other similar procedures to help acute injuries, chronic injuries, surgeries, and degenerative processes like arthritis.
These novel procedures may be able to help you with your injury or chronic problem.
We Offer Three Options:
1) Platelet Rich Plasma
You may have heard of platelets. If you have, you may know that these are a type of cell that we all carry in our blood stream. Platelets are involved in the process of blood clotting. Also, they are involved in healing. Platelets deliver special chemicals to a site of injury that “recruit” the cells involved in the rest of the healing process. These platelets can be concentrated from a simple blood draw and then injected back into a injury site to improve healing. In our office this proce-dure is usually done with ultrasound guidance after appropriate diagnostic procedures have been done to confirm the diag-nosis. It is an in office procedure that can be completed typically in less than an hour.
2) Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate
Bone marrow resides inside our bones and is responsible for producing many cells in our body, particularly those in our blood. Bone marrow contains “stem cells” , which are cells that are capable of becoming other cells. Our body requires this to regenerate many types of tissues in our bodies. Bone marrow can be obtained from your body in a procedure that is much simpler than you may think. That bone marrow has many healing or even regenerative properties. In a procedure referred to as bone marrow aspirate concentrate or “BMAC” injection, our providers can inject your bone marrow into arthritic joints where that bone marrow can be involved in controlling inflammation, pain symptoms, and perhaps delay the need for more advanced procedures. Research continues to mount showing that “BMAC” can be effective in providing a regenerative effect.
3) Fat Derived Stem Cells
Fat is also known to contain stem cells that are capable of be-coming other tissues. In fat they are called “mesenchymal stem cells.” These cells are of specific interest in orthopedics because they can become bone, cartilage, ligaments, muscle, or tendons. In a procedure called ‘lipoaspiration,” which is very similar to how a plastic surgeon does liposuction, these cells can be isolated in a relatively simple office based procedure under local anesthesia. These stem cells are then injected back into arthritic joints for a regenerative effect. Some patients are better candidates for this as opposed to bone marrow aspiration. The “jury is still out” as to whether this is better than bone marrow derived stem cells.
Common Questions & Answers
These procedures are usually only undertaken when other treatments aren’t working well enough.
In appropriately trained physicians hands, complications from these procedures have been exceedingly rare thus far with 1000’s of procedures performed around the world.
Current research is certainly not definitive , but the majority of studies have shown consistently positive results.
Costs vary and we are glad to discuss that with you further.
Unfortunately, usually not. MOST INSURANCE PROGRAMS, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID label these treatments as “experimental/investigational” and with that designation; they DO NOT pay for these treatments. Consult with your Health Savings Account (HSA) adviser, as prescribed medical treatments may be allowed for payments from your HSA account.
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