The Future of Orthopedics: Stem Cell Therapy As An Alternative To SurgeryHampton Roads Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine is pleased to offer Stem Cell Therapy to Hampton Roads residents. Kinjal Sohagia is offering these state-of-the-art regenerative therapies, which include Adipose Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). Undergoing stem cell therapy can lead to diminished pain and physical limitations without the need for joint replacements and other invasive surgeries.

There has been a proliferation in the field of “regenerative medicine” which refers to the use of stem cells (often in conjunction with surgical procedures) to repair and regenerate damaged musculoskeletal tissues. Many prestigious orthopedic practices, including the Emory University sports medicine department, have begun to routinely incorporate this type of therapy into their treatment protocols. The use of stem cells is a natural, less invasive alternative to the surgical treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions. HROSM is pleased to be able to offer this amazing service.

For the past decade, there has been much research into the use of adult stem cells to treat orthopedic conditions in conjunction to (or even without) surgery . The principle underlying stem cell therapy is that a patient’s own stem cells are introduced to an area of the body that has sustained damage in order to regenerate the damaged tissue. Tissue regeneration is possible because of a type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells, located in bone marrow, are primitive, nonspecialized cells that have the ability to differentiate into specific tissue cells such as, bone, tendon, and cartilage. Rather than simply repairing existing tissue damage, stem cell therapy attempts to regenerate the damaged tissue, thereby not only repairing the damage but also growing new, healthy tissue.

Treating orthopedic conditions with stem cells is actually a stem cell transplant from the patient’s own body. The mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from a patient’s bone marrow or fatty tissue. There is no chance of tissue rejection that is associated with the use of donor (allogeneic transplant) tissue. The cells are extracted, concentrated and then reintroduced, via injection, to the damaged tissue.

Orthopedic Conditions That Are Treated With Stem Cell Therapy

  • Damage to knee cartilage
  • Bone loss
  • Tendon and ligament tears
  • Tears of the meniscus in the knee
  • Degenerative disc disease in the spine
  • Osteoarthritis

Until very recently, stem cell therapy for orthopedic injury and disease was limited to athletes due to the prohibitive cost. Patient outcomes have proven to orthopedic surgeons that this procedure is successful for a large number of patients who have not responded well to conservative treatments such as rest and physical therapy. This method can provide significant pain relief in a large enough population of patients that surgery is no longer the only option.

Stem cell therapy is a promising new approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It is important to note that not all patients are candidates for these procedures. If you have a sports injury or other orthopedic condition that is not responding to conservative treatment contact us to discuss your options for stem cell therapy. It has the potential to be a life-changing therapy without the need for surgery.