Florida Center for Regenerative Medicine at Larkin Hospital
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy: Harnessing your own bodies healing potential.
Adult stem cells have been shown to have remarkable healing properties for damaged tissue, cartilage, bone, and ligaments. Normally the body delivers stem cells, platelets and other growth factors to the injured parts of the body naturally when trauma occurs. However in some cases these natural healing elements fail to reach the damaged area in sufficient numbers to effectively treat the injury. This failure is particularly prevalent in the joints and other areas orthopedic areas that experience low blood flow or significant trauma. Stem cell treatments performed at the Florida Center for Regenerative Medicine harvest these healing properties directly from the patients own body and deliver them in concentrated form directly to the pathology.
Stem cell therapy seeks to harness the natural healing elements of the human body in order to treat chronic pain and restore function for patients suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. The body's response to injury is a very specific and well documented series of steps collectively referred to as the "Healing Cascade". This natural healing process requires a combination of stem cells, blood platelets, growth factors, and matrix to optimize tissue repair and regeneration. Stem cells are often referred to as the “repairman” of the human body. The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC-CD 34+) is the most common type of stem cell in the human body and is a crucial element of tissue regeneration in the healing cascade. The mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) represents another crucial player in the natural healing process. Mesenchymal stem cells are often used in clinical therapy due to their growth factors and the ability to trigger an innate immune response in damaged tissue. Both types of stem cells are found in bone marrow and are used in stem cell therapy for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Blood platelets are an additional critical component in the natural healing cascade that takes place within the human body. Platelets release proteins and growth factors that signal and direct the stem cells in the tissue regenerative process. If stem cells are the repairman of the human body then blood platelets are the foreman who organize the healing cascade. Although all patients are unique, effective stem cell therapy typically included platelet rich plasma treatments in conjunction with stem cell treatment.
The use of these bioactive stem cells and platelet rich plasma to augment and accelerate the natural healing process is considered by many to be a "new frontier" in clinical treatment of many injuries that previously required surgery. Stem cell therapy is particularly effective in fighting the degenerative effects of joint disease and musculoskeletal injuries in areas that suffer from hypoxia or low blood flow. Since many joint and musculoskeletal injuries occur in areas that receive little or no blood flow, the natural healing power of stem cells and platelet rich plasma are not able to reach the damaged area in sufficient quantities to effectively treat the damaged tissue . At Florida Center for Regenerative Medicine we give nature a hand by harvesting these elements elements of the healing cascade directly from the patients body, and injecting concentrated stem cells and platelet rich plasma directly into the damaged tissue. In many cases this gives the patients body a chance to heal naturally and avoid the risks and pain associated with orthopedic surgery.
Stem Cell Procedure
The Stem cell procedure starts with preparing to harvest (BMAC), or bone marrow aspirate concentrate, from the patient's pelvis. The bone marrow in the pelvis contains high concentrations of the adult stem cell and growth factors utilized in stem cell therapy. Many patients are nervous about this part of the procedure but the surgical facilities available at Larkin Hospital allow us to provide a wide range of sedation and anesthesia options in order to maximize patient comfort. Some patients choose to have a local anesthetic and be fully awake for the stem cell procedure while others choose to be sedated. Following the administration of anesthesia bone marrow and blood are harvested from the patient's hip bone with a needle for concentration.
Once the bone marrow aspirate and blood have been harvested from the patient, the contents are transferred to the centrifuge for processing. The centrifuge separates the stem cells and blood platelets from red blood cells and other tissue creating highly a concentrated paste which is then prepared for injection into the damaged part of the body. The facilities in our center are unique due to our access to fluoroscopic guidance, CT guidance, and ultrasound guidance in order to ensure maximum precision and comfort during stem cell injections. Both the harvesting of the stem cells, and the injection of stem cells and platelet rich plasma are a one day procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. Patients who wish to stay overnight in the facilities at Larkin Hospital also have that option.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat with this stem cell procedure by clicking the links below or reviewing our educational videos. If you are interested in hearing more about stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery for your musculoskeletal injury, contact us today at Florida Center for Regenerative Medicine and a patient coordinator help you determine if you are a candidate for this stem cell procedure.
Conditions Treated with Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy Educational Videos
Stem Cell Therapy for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip Video
Stem Cell Therapy for Nonunion Fracture of the Tibia Video
Stem Cell Therapy. We offer treatments for patients residing in Florida's (Miami-Dade County), Miami, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Homestead, North Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Opa-Locka, Florida City, (Broward County), Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Davie, Coral Springs, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, (Collier County), Marco Island, Naples, (Palm Beach County), West Palm Beach, Bota Raton, Boyton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach