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Regenerative Medicine FAQs
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Regenerative medicine has the potential to heal any damaged tissues and organs in your body. It gives people with conditions that conventional medicine cannot readily fix. Instead of highly addictive drugs or invasive surgery, regenerative medicine uses the body’s cells to fight and repair the damage.
Although regenerative medicine has been around for decades, it is shrouded in controversy and doubt. At Northeast Knee & Joint Institute, we use the latest techniques in regenerative medicine to help those suffering from pain. Our FDA-approved treatments can make you feel better without the need for drugs or surgery.
Feeling skeptical about our procedures? Not sure if you want to make an appointment? Here are a few answers to a few common questions we receive about regenerative medicine.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
There are currently three concentrations of regenerative medicine: tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and artificial organs/medical devices.
Medical devices and artificial organs are used to replace a failing or damaged organ. Unfortunately, donor organs can be hard to come by, and the use of immunosuppression drugs can cause nasty side effects. But an artificial organ is a temporary solution. For example, if a patient has a damaged heart, using a circularity support system can be used to support the failing organ until a donor heart is located. Sometimes, medical devices can be used to supplement or even replace the organ system function.
Tissue engineering combines cells and biomaterials to either improve or replace tissue. It uses something called a tissue scaffold to help grow new cells. The new cells will then repair the damaged tissue and make it stronger.
Cellular therapy is the concentration that Northeast Knee & Joint Institute practices. Our physician injects a solution filled with adult stem cells into a diseased or damaged tissue. The stem cells will then release growth factors that help control the inflammatory response as well as begin to repair the damaged area.
Is Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine Safe?
Like any medical treatment, a question of safety is always a significant concern. But rest assured, our cell-based therapy programs are low risk. That’s because we use your cells and blood for healing.
But there are some side effects, as there are for any medical treatment. You may feel some pain, nausea, and dizziness following the injection; however, the downtime is minimal, and you should go back to your daily routine shortly after the treatment.
What Type of Stem Cells Do You Use?
Northeast Knee & Joint Institute uses adult stem cells that came straight for the umbilical cord. Research has shown umbilical cord stem cells are safe, comply with FDA CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) and GTP (Good Tissue Practices) standards, and have been shown to target specific tissues in the body to repair the damage.
Can I Still Have Treatment if I Already Had Surgery?
If you had surgery but are still experiencing pain, you may still benefit from these treatments. However, it’s always best to consult our physician to see if our treatments are right for your case.
What Injuries Do You Treat?
Northeast Knee & Joint Institute handles a range of joint and knee injuries, including:
- Arthritis, in particular, Osteoarthritis
- Tendon injuries such as tendinitis and tendinosis
- Ligament issues
- Sports injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sprains and strains
Why Didn’t I Respond to Treatment?
Our procedure has been shown to be 86 percent successful in alleviating pain associated with joint and knee pain. However, as with any medical treatment, there is the possibility of not getting the results that you desire.
After your treatment, we always emphasize not to rely on the injections solely. You will need to attend physical therapy, exercise, and eat healthy to get the full benefit of this treatment. By taking these steps, you are more likely to respond to the procedure.
I’m Interested! What Are My Next Steps?
Great news! The first thing you should do is pick up the phone or fill out the contact form online, and someone will be in touch shortly. To learn more about what you should expect in your visit, click here.
And remember, if you have any more concerns or questions, our dedicated staff is here to help! Contact Northeast Knee & Joint Institute today for a no-obligation consultation. We accept most major insurances and Medicare.