Treatment for most orthopedic conditions starts with a noninvasive, conservative treatment plan. This can include simple methods such as rest, medication, applying ice or physical therapy. Only when these methods fail to relieve symptoms will your doctor suggest surgery. With surgery, there are potential risks and complications such as bleeding, clot formation and damage to adjacent tissues. Stem cell therapy is an advanced nonsurgical treatment that has the potential to heal tissue without the need for surgery.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the unique ability to differentiate into certain types of tissues and self-renew. Stem cells can be of two types – embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells.Embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any cell of the body and adult stem cellshave the ability to differentiate into specific types of cells. The field of orthopedics utilizes adult stem cells found in bone marrow, amniotic fluid, or fat, called mesenchymal stem cells, for treatment of many musculoskeletal diseases that have limited therapeutic options.
Stem cell treatment is indicated for many conditions such as fractures, nonunion of bone fractures, osteonecrosis and degenerative vertebral disks. To learn more click here.
The stem cells are extracted from your own body and concentrated to multiply and differentiate into the injured tissue. Stem cells are then injected into the affected area to promote the healing ability of injured and degenerated bone, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. To learn more about the procedure, click here.
The benefits of stem cell treatment over other surgical options include:
- No rejection because the stem cells are taken from your own body
- Promotes natural healing of the damaged tissues.
- Effective alternative therapy to surgery.
- Treats severe injuries and degeneration that cannot be repaired, such as degenerative disc disease.
- Is not associated with the potential risks and complications of surgery.
Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee. A noted pioneer in advanced new techniques in hip arthroscopy, he delivers innovative treatments for patients with hip injuries such as impingement and labral tears. Dr. Domb is also an expert in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, adept in specialized techniques including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and all-inside ACL reconstruction.