You may have seen this subject matter before but research and everyday experience reminds me that one has  to hear the informed consent three times for the best retention.

Clinical translation of regenerative medicine technologies requires a source of stem and progenitor cells and growth factors. The most success in Cellular Orthopedics to date has come from Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate wherein concentrations of mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cells and soluble growth factors are recovered, concentrated and the joint intervention shortly follows. The procedures we use offer an FDA-compliant means of concentrating autologous stem and progenitor cells, platelets and growth factors to be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis of a joint. In a single event, we may introduce a means of pain relief, increase joint motion, improve activity and quality of life, reverse osteoarthritic changes on a bio-immune basis and possibly affect joint regeneration.

The standard of Regenerative Medicine remains Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate; the most studied approach in clinical practice. I am aware of the option of Fat Graft Harvesting, Micro-fracture of the Fat Graft and injection of the emulsified adipose tissue into a joint; but to the best of my knowledge at this time, the clinical outcomes results are no longer than 90 days, so stay tuned or just keep reading my Blog to update.

Platelet Rich Plasma preparation process certainly has improved over the past several years and now allows for protein and growth factor concentrating but with the notable absence of the Progenitor Cells ( Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Hematopoietic Stem Cells, etc.)

Amniotic Fluid Concentrate has recently gained traction in the clinical practice setting as a replacement for Hyaluronic Acid derivatives or synthetic  alternatives but the clinical results are only now being studied. I have said it before and I will emphasize, there are no living Stem cells in Amniotic Fluid Concentrate after sterilization and processing. That is not to say, AFC is not a superior option with a longer lasting pain relieving anti-inflammatory benefit to Hyaluronic acid based offerings.

There is no test now that you have studied my Blog but hopefully you are more familiar with Regenerative Therapies. As part of my Clinical Practice, we have developed the Center for Clinical Investigation. To learn what might best suit your needs, call 847 390 7666 and schedule a consultation.

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