Regenerative Medicine refers to the processes by which specialized technology is used to create living, functional tissues to replace or repair tissue that has been lost due to damage, disease, or hereditary defects. For those struggling with limited mobility due to arthritis, injury, tendinopathy (disease of the tendons), or other forms of musculoskeletal inflammation, patients may be able to experience relief and avoid surgery by harnessing the healing potential of their own cells.
Adipose-Derived Cell Therapies
This method utilizes fat cells, which have high concentrations of stem cells and other growth factors within them, to decrease inflammation and aid in healing. In a minimally invasive procedure, a doctor will retrieve a patient’s own fat cells and deposit them into a device that uses a saline agent to rid the cells of blood and oil. At that point, the fat tissue has been resized and holds the ideal material and performance properties to stimulate healing. The doctor will then inject the fat graft into the joint experiencing the arthritic pain to decrease inflammation and encourage healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Commonly referred to as PRP, platelet rich plasma utilizes a patient’s own blood to produce growth factors. Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins that bind to the cells in your body and stimulate growth, healing, and repopulation. With this minimally invasive procedure, a doctor will draw the patient’s blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the blood into layers. The layer, which is rich with growth factors and platelets, is extracted and reintroduced into the damaged joint to encourage healing and reduce inflammation.
Bone Marrow Aspirate
Bone marrow – the soft, spongy tissue found in the center of large bones – is composed of both fluid and solid matter. It is rich in growth factors and regenerative stem cells. Unlike other cells in the body, these cells are able to replicate themselves into various types of tissue for healing. To utilize bone marrow to stimulate healing and regrowth in an arthritic joint, a doctor will extract bone marrow fluid (called aspirate) from a healthy bone in the body, generally the pelvis, and place it in a centrifuge to generate a concentration of powerful cells. These cells are then reintroduced into the arthritic joint to repair damaged tissue and decrease inflammation.
These procedures are some of the newest treatments available today. They offer patients a minimally invasive option to help relieve the pain of arthritis or injury and improve function. Our highly skilled medical doctors use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including musculoskeletal untrasound, high-definition on-site MRI, and X-ray, to obtain pinpoint accuracy during the procedures.
What is the iovera° treatment?
The ioverao treatment uses the body’s natural response to cold to treat peripheral nerves and immediately reduce pain – without the use of drugs. Treated nerves are temporarily stopped from sending pain signals for a period of time, followed by a restoration of function.
It is important to note that the ioverao therapy does not treat the underlying cause of the pain. Timely remediation is necessary to address and treat the cause of pain.
How does iovera° treatment work?
The ioverao treatment works by applying targeted cold to a peripheral nerve. A precise cold zone is formed under the skin – cold enough to immediately prevent the nerve from sending pain signals without causing damage to surrounding structures. The effect on the nerve is temporary, providing pain relief until the nerve regenerates and function is restored.
The ioverao treatment does not include injection of any substance- drugs, opioids or narcotics. The effect of this treatment is immediate and can last up to 90 (ninety) days.
Is the iovera° treatment for me?
If your pain is chronic, due to osteoarthritis, it can be alleviated by cryoanalgesia with the ioverao treatment. The ioverao system has also been shown to help in reducing opioid consumption in patients after surgery. Post-surgical pain is considered to be acute pain.
The ioverao treatment is a focused therapy. Therefore, there are no systemic side effects that are typically experienced with NSAIDs, narcotics or other medications. Nothing is injected into the treatment area by the ioverao system. Therefore, very few, if any, localized side effects due to the ioverao treatment have been observed and side effects are mild
Consult with your physician to determine if cryoanalgesia with the ioverao system will benefit you.