Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative joint disease caused by the degradation of a joint’s cartilage. Since cartilage covers and cushions the ends of bones, and reduces friction in joints, patients suffering from osteoarthritis generally experience pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, swelling of the joints, joint deformation, reduced range of motion, and/or cracking or creaking joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. Because of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become weaker.
Advances in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy have resulted in innovative stem cell treatments for those suffering from osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy may help improve complications in patients with osteoarthritis and help those patients who have been unresponsive to traditional drug treatments.
While osteoarthritis is generally treated with exercise, weight control, rest, joint care, and/or joint replacement surgery, and treatment is supplemented with medications such as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medicine, stem cell therapy offers a viable alternative. Stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis may be used to regenerate joint cartilage as stem cells can differentiate into cartilage cells.
As a leader in regenerative medicine, Dr. Santos has implemented an innovative stem cell therapy protocol to treat osteoarthritis. The process begins with a consultation, where Dr. Santos personally evaluates each patient to assess their condition and develop a customized care plan to deliver optimal results.
The patient’s stem cells are then harvested and prepared for injection, using a proprietary treatment method to yield the highest concentration of stem cells and stromal vascular fraction (SVF), which is rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors. After the stem cells are extracted and prepared for injection, they may be administered one of two ways: directly into the vein via a full body IV and/or injected directly into and around the joint via fluoroscopy or ultrasound guided injections (intra-articular joint injections).
Our stem cell injections for osteoarthritis are completed in a single appointment, as in office outpatient procedures. The treatment takes approximately 3 hours and stem cell and SVF harvesting, procurement, treatment, and injection are completed within this timeframe.
To learn more about Regenerative Cell Institute’s stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, please contact us. Dr. Santos offers consultations at our stem cell treatment centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mason City, Iowa.