Welcome back! In Part 1, we discussed the benefits and uses for Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), a regenerative medicine non-surgical treatment option available at our Fishers, Anderson and Muncie offices. Today, we will discuss Stem Cell Therapy, including benefits, uses and treatment process.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are your body’s natural healing cells – meaning they are recruited by chemical signals emitted by damaged tissues to repair and regenerate your damaged cells. They are derived from your own tissue and can multiply/turn into many different types of tissues. Adult stem cells, found in your adipose tissue (fat tissue), appear to be particularly effective in improving joints, repairing cartilage and ligaments, and even painful conditions along the spine.
Stem Cell Treatment Process
During the harvesting process, we are able to gather your own adipose cells, break down the collagen that binds the fat and stem cells and then separate out a solution that is rich in your own stem cells. The procedure is performed in office under a local anesthetic. To obtain the best quality adipose cells, a small amount of fat is liposuctioned from an area on your body that has adequate fat supply – typically the lower back area. The liposuction procedure takes about 20 minutes and then you are welcome to leave for a couple hours while the cells are prepared and processed.
The processing of the cells is done under a completely closed, sterile system that is not exposed to air. Viable cells are then counted and photographed for your records. This process takes approximately two hours.
Once processing is complete, the physician will inject the cell solution back into your body at the injured site (tissues, joints or veins). This process is called “deployment”, and because it’s your own DNA material, there can be no rejection.
The entire procedure/process takes less than three hours.
What Injuries/Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Not every patient is a candidate for stem cell therapy. You may be a candidate for stem cell therapy if you have a mild case of arthritis (not bone-on-bone), chronic joint pain or minor injuries to your muscles or ligaments.
Learn More About Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is available at our Muncie office with Dr. Kerry Bennett. Procedure costs will vary; however, this is typically a procedure which is not covered by insurance and thus will be an out-of-pocket expense. An initial consultation will explore individualized treatment plans, which may help avoid surgery or be used as an adjunct to a planned procedure.
Hear From One Of Our Patients
Learn how stem cell therapy/Dr. Bennett helped Derik avoid another knee surgery & relieved his knee pain.