Stem Cell and PRP Joint Regeneration
What is PRP?
Our PRP joint regeneration treatment includes the following:
- After ensuring that the patient is well, we will draw blood from the arm. We will place it into the appropriate tube.
- We will place the tube is in a special centrifuge and spin it. This separates the different components of the blood.
- Then, we will inject the Platelet Rich Plasma into the treatment area using ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are a placental tissue-based therapy. The stem cells are harvested from amniotic fluid and placental tissue after a healthy baby is born.
The Amniotic Stem Cells (ASC) contains anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumorigenic characteristic. They also contain growth factors which help promote new tissue growth. PRP, along with stem cells, creates an environment for tissue regeneration and acceleration of healing. Since these cells do not express HLA type antigens, there are no expected adverse events associated with the allograft.
How are Stem Cells Given?
The following steps are how we give stem cells at AOCBV:
- We thaw stem cells and add diluent for administration.
- If necessary, we may perform manipulation of the joint at this time.
- Then, we will sterilize the injection site and inject a mixture of stem cells and PRP into the joint under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement.
Before and After Stem Cell and PRP Joint Regeneration Treatment
Before PRP Joint Regeneration Treatment
Ten days prior to the appointment patients will stop all NSAIDs. NSAIDS include the following:
Typically, you may continue 81mg aspirin. No steroids a month before or a month after treatment.
Make sure to drink plenty of water the few days before the procedure. Being well hydrated makes the blood easier to draw and centrifuge.
Consult your physician when you are unsure about a medication or for specific recommendations.
After PRP Joint Regeneration Treatment
Immediately following the procedure, the area may be numb and tingling for a few hours.
Expect inflammation following the procedure, as this is a sign of repair.
You may resume normal activities as feeling returns. However, avoid strenuous activities.
You may experience increased pain and stiffness. Apply ice or heat as tolerated and follow your physician’s pain management directions.
You will notice improvement around 4 weeks, with maximum benefits between 3-6 months.
What are the Benefits of Stem Cell and PRP Joint Regeneration Treatment?
Amniotic fluid and tissue are rich in components for tissue regeneration including but not limited to the following:
- growth factors
- hyaluronic acid
These are just the basics of stem cell and PRP joint regeneration treatment at AOCBV. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule your PRP therapy with us today!