Stem Cell Therapy For Knees and Shoulders
Stem cells are unique cells that have the ability to rebuild and regenerate joint damage in the body – including damage from osteoarthritis. The foundation cells for every organ and tissue in the body, stem cells continue to self-renew throughout your lifetime.
With new technology patients can use the mechanisms found in their own stem cells to accelerate healing and get relief from pain.
Stem cell injections fall under the category of ortho- biologics which is a combination of biology and biochemistry used to regenerate bone and soft tissue. Your natural healing capacity is stimulated using growth factors and/or stem cells that come from your body and are used to treat various orthopedic conditions.
The need for surgery is often greatly reduced when injuries are treated with ortho- biologics, such as stem cell injections, before the damage progresses. The real goal of ortho- biologics is to trigger the body into healing itself.
Dr. Goradia is a leader in ortho- biologics and stem cell therapy. With his team he has worked with physicians around the country to bring this technology to Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.
How Are Stem Cell Injections Given?
The procedure is done in the G2 office with no hospitalization and minimal downtime.
- A small amount of bone marrow is taken from the back of your pelvis after numbing the area thoroughly. This is known as bone marrow aspirate (BMA)
- The BMA is spun using the proprietary Angel System which produces bone marrow concentrate (BMC)
- BMC contains stem cells that are injected into area of tissue damage or degeneration
- Fat Stem Cells are often combined with BMA to further improve healing
The Arthrex Angel System is a proprietary system used to concentrate bone marrow that allows customization of platelet and white blood cell concentrations.
Non-surgical Treatment Conditions
- Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, wrist, thumb or ankle
- Cartilage damage (chondromalcia) or an osteochondral defect in any joint
- Small rotator cuff tears
- Hip and shoulder labral injuries
PRP or BMC injected at time of surgery stimulates healing and has been shown to decreases swelling, pain and risk of infection.
- Meniscus repair
- Rotator cuff repair
- Labral repair
What To Expect From Stem Cell Injections
Non-surgical conditions (except arthritis) are expected to heal and reduce symptoms by 75% within 8 weeks. Those with less severe tissue damage will heal faster. For patients that do not experience a 75% improvement at 8 weeks may require a second injection to reactivate the healing response. Patients with arthritis are also expected to have 75% symptom reduction by 8 weeks. There have been some reports that the x-rays can actually show improvement but this can take up to a year.
Based on the degree of swelling and other findings after surgery, a second injection may be recommended in the office within 6 weeks.
To find out if you are a candidate for Stem Cell Injections contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Goradia.
How Much Do Stem Cell Injections Cost?
While extremely beneficial to patients, relatively few orthopedic surgeons offer stem cell injections. Many people travel to large cities like Miami or New York for the treatment and can expect to pay $5,000 or more, not including the cost of the travel. In Central Virginia, Dr. Goradia with G2 offers stem cell injections for less than half the cost.
Most insurance plans don’t cover the cost of stem cell injections, but you patients can use FSA funds or CareCredit which provides flexible payment options for procedures not covered by insurance plans.
“Stem cells were used to help her rotator cuff heal”
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
Whether working with recreational athletes, injured workers, or any other individuals, Dr. Goradia provides each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes.
Dr. Goradia is a leading knee and shoulder specialist and one of the first U.S. orthopedic surgeons to be certified in sports medicine as a subspecialty.
When you come to Dr. Goradia you don’t get shuffled among various doctors or PA’s. You are personally treated by Dr. Goradia whose expertise and orthopedic success is extensive.