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.
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.
What To Expect From Stem Cell Injections
Non-surgical conditions such as tendonitis, small rotator cuff tears, ligament sprains, plantar fasciitis are expected to heal with reduction of symptoms by 75% within 8 weeks. Those with less severe tissue damage will heal faster. Patients that do not experience a 75% improvement at 8 weeks may require a PRP injection to reactivate the healing response.
Patients with arthritis and chondromalacia 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.
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 $7,500 or more, not including the cost of the travel. In Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Goradia and Dr. Budny with G2 offer stem cell injections for less than half the cost.
Insurance plans don’t cover the cost of stem cell injections, but patients can use FSA funds for full payment. Do to the cost of the supplies needed for these injections, full payment is required at the time of surgery.
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
We are a small, specialized orthopedic practice in Richmond, VA that provides Advanced Orthopedic Treatment Options, Excellent Results, Personalized Care and Convenient Appointments.
Dr. Vic Goradia is fellowship trained in sports medicine, minimally invasive surgery and knee & shoulder reconstructive surgery. He began practicing in Richmond in 2001 and has extensive experience.
Dr. Jake Budny is fellowship training in joint replacement surgery with a special interest in minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement, knee replacement and complex, revision joint replacement.
G2 Patient Success Stories
“Stem cells were used to help my rotator cuff heal”
– Tressie Schindler