Stem Cell Therapy For Orthopedic Injuries and Arthritis
Stems cell therapy is a cutting-edge technology that is now widely being used in orthopedic and sports medicine. The procedure involves using a patient’s own stem cells, which have the unique property of being able to develop into many different cell types, to treat injuries and arthritis.
Stem cells can be found in our bone marrow, fat cells and other tissues. These cells are frequently taken from the bone marrow or from a small amount of fat tissue, where a high concentration of stem cells can be extracted. This concentration is known as bone marrow aspirate or lipoaspirate respectively.
The aspirate is then injected into the site of injury so the cells can help repair the injured or degenerative tissue. Stem cell therapy is also commonly used to treat arthritis, meniscal tears and a variety of orthopedic and medical conditions. Patients can experience significant pain relief within one to two months after the procedure.
Risks Associated with Stem Cell Therapy
Although stem cell therapy has been used for decades, it is still considered experimental in orthopedic and sports medicine. Stem cell therapy should not be used as the first step in treating an orthopedic injury.
In addition, the risk of bone marrow aspiration for stem cell therapy includes infection, prolonged bleeding, pain at the aspiration or injection site, bruising and nerve injury.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy is to have a thorough evaluation by a physician experienced with stem cell therapies. Stem cell therapy is usually not covered by insurance. However, depending on the type of treatment that is needed, partial reimbursement may be possible.
Why Choose Integrated Spine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Dr. Alicia Carter is respected in her field for her experience, personal care, and non-operative approach to orthopedic and sports injuries. As a clinical instructor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she is tasked with staying on the forefront of new technologies that are impacting and improving people’s lives. Dr. Carter has almost a decade of experience in the field of regenerative medicine and she is an active member of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine. Patients prefer her patience, her “gentle hand” and her anesthetizing techniques, which allow her to perform procedures with minimal or no discomfort. She has successfully treated patients with stem cell therapy and will work with you to determine if it’s right for you.
Dr. Carter offers complimentary monthly group stem cell therapy information sessions. These sessions do fill quickly so contact our office to reserve your spot today.
FAQ – Stem Cell Procedures
Q: Does Dr. Carter perform stem cell treatments for the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) and joints?
A: Yes. Dr. Carter treats virtually all orthopedic and sports conditions and can use stem cell treatments for most, including disorders and injuries of the cervical spine.
Q: Where does Dr. Carter get the stem cells from?
A: Stem cells can be obtained from the bone marrow/pelvic bone or from a small amount of abdominal fat tissue.
Q: Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?
A: Stem cell therapy is typically not covered by insurances. However, depending on your condition, partial reimbursement may be possible. Reimbursement questions can be answered in more detail after your consult and once we know more about your insurance coverage.
Q: How much does stem cell therapy cost?
A: The price can vary depending on the type of condition being treated and whether bone marrow aspirate or fat tissue is utilized to acquire the stem cells.
Q: Do I have to pay for the initial consult?
A: It depends on your insurance plan. If you have to pay upfront for initial consult, then it will be deducted from the total cost of the stem cell procedure if you are a candidate. If you’re not a candidate, then the consultation feet is nonrefundable – however, alternative treatments will be thoroughly discussed. We will gladly submit the consult visit claim to your insurance company on your behalf, which may or may not be reimbursable.