Even for orthopedic surgeons, surgery is often seen as the last resort for many conditions or injuries, whether the patient is experiencing acute or chronic pain. Conventional methods of physical therapy, steroid injections, stretching, medication, and other treatments are generally tried first. However, if these methods of rehabilitation do not work, that’s when the surgeons will turn to their expertise – surgery. Just like with the less-invasive approach, they hope to restore function, relieve pain, and increase range of motion. However, surgery still has risks, and certainly does not guarantee that the problem will be fixed and heal properly. The good news is that we now have more non-surgical options to choose from, such as stem cell therapy, that can help to heal and restore injured tissue.
600,000 joint replacements, especially of the hip and knee, are performed in the United States annually. These include patients who are athletes, as well as extremely active people who were plagued by injury or degenerative conditions such as arthritis. These numbers are expected to fall, however, because modern techniques such as minimally-invasive stem cell therapy continue to gain the favor of doctors and surgeons around the world. Medical research and application of stem cell therapy continues to solidify the efficacy, or effectiveness, of the utilization of stem cells for healing and regeneration.
While oral and injectable medications may help with inflammation and pain, they are only temporarily, limited use, and may also cause complications. And, as noted before, surgery is costly and does not guarantee that the body will heal properly. This is one of the reasons where stem cell therapy is considered to be not only safe, but quite effective.
The doctor can extract the persons own stem cells from areas such as adipose fat or bone marrow, which are then concentrated in a centrifuge, and prepared for injection. The growth factors within that solution directly target the area of injury or degeneration from disease, and promotes healing and tissue regeneration the likes of which would not be possible without this concentrated injection of stem cells. By opting for the stem cell route and avoiding joint replacement surgery, patients have the potential to avoid long recovery times, hospitalization, and the potential risks associated with surgery, such as infection, bleeding, blood clots, and nerve injury.
Stem cells are called “specialized” cells, because they have the ability to transform into the exact type of cell needed in order to heal. When injected into the damaged area, these cells accelerate the body’s natural healing response, generating healthy tissue to help heal damage and degeneration. Most patients need to receive treatments for anywhere between one week to three months, but many start experiencing reductions in pain, improved mobility, and better overall functionality with one or two treatments. How many treatments are needed depends on the person, the injury or condition, and how severe it is. Usually, stem cell patients are able to return to work in one to two days, and sports in four to six weeks.
In some cases where injury or degeneration are quite severe or structural damage is very bad, surgery can be quite unavoidable. Your doctor will have your best interests in mind during diagnosis, always looking for the least invasive or risky route towards recovery, however. That’s one of the great reasons why stem cell therapy, and regenerative medicine in general, has been so well received for the treatment of injuries and degenerative conditions. There is now a procedure that can boost healing and tissue regeneration, the way that the body is naturally designed to work.
To learn more about how stem cell therapy has helped many people avoid surgery for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, call National Stem Cell Centers in New York office at (646) 448-0427, or (516) 403-1457 for our Long Island office. You may be able to avoid surgery, by harnessing and utilizing the healing and restorative powers of your own stem cells.