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In the past, an orthopedic injury or condition would have required an invasive surgical procedure that required a long term recovery. But now stem cell therapy, which is a cutting edge procedure, is being used in sports and orthopedics medicine. In this procedure, the patient’s own stem cells are used.
When using the patient’s own stem cells it has the benefit and unique property of being able to develop into various cell types and successfully treat many orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. It also provides pain relief and improved function within a short period of time.
In orthopedics, stem cell therapy helps in healing the body in a natural way without any invasive surgery. Although the treatment applications in stem cell therapies are still in development stage, the studies and research in recent years have given some proven positive results.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
In this procedure, bone marrow is aspirated and the aspirate is cultured in the lab. The cultured aspirated contains stem cells which are injected into the injury site helping the cells to repair the injured or degenerative tissue.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Promotes natural healing
As we know our bodies have an innate way to heal itself and technologies such as stem cell therapies are trying to work on this advantage of that natural power. Taken from the bone marrow or fat of a patient, these stem cells are able to transform into any other type of cell that is within the body. These stem cells get harvested from the area of the body and they are thus injected into the injury site or trauma site. Finally, it becomes concentrated, thus stimulating new growth. This in turn promotes a faster healing process as the time taken for these cells to travel to the injury site on their own would be comparatively very much longer.
Avoids potential risks
As stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own supply, they avoid the potential rejection as compared to the embryonic stems cells who pose the risk of immune rejection complications. The potential risk of rejection is eliminated as it uses familiar body material and also re-implants issue from the body of a patient. There is a lot of advantage in using the body’s own cells that provide little or no risk at all.
No side effects and prevents complications
Stem cell therapy is considered as one of the very few medical treatments that have no side effects and several studies talk about the excellent track record of it. It is also considered to be a very safe procedure and due to the quick healing capabilities it is also possible for stem cell therapy to be combined with other surgical procedures. Stem cell therapy also proves to be quite advantageous as it doesn’t have too much scarring, less recovery time, and the need for additional treatment also can be avoided.
Stem cell therapy is used to help with injuries and conditions of the following:
• Bone fractures: Stem cell therapy has a great potential to repair bone defects far better than the traditional bone transplantation. Bone that is from stem cell therapy has better growth and found to be healthier as well.
• Damage to Cartilage: There are several studies that prove that after 2 or 3 years, the recovery period is far better after the stem cell therapy as compared to the procedures that are used.
• Osteoarthritis: Stem cells provide excellent results in early stages of arthritis.
• Avascular necrosis: Stem cells have great outcome in AVN
• Ligament injuries
• Tennis & Golfers elbow
• Plantar fasciitis
Although stem cell therapy is quite a promising new method for the treatment of orthopedic injuries, it is important to know that not all patients are candidates for the procedure. If you have an orthopedic condition or suffer from any sports injury that has not responded to the conservative treatment, you can contact us to discuss the various options we offer for stem cell therapy.
Dr. Naveen Reddy is one of the Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Hyderabad. He has over 8 years of experience. Having completed his post graduation in Orthopedics, (D’Ortho and DNB Ortho, he was part of the Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad – 2009-2017. He has had the experience of working with the Best Orthopaedic Surgeons and gained extensive expertise in managing simple, complex trauma, knee and hip replacements. His patients consider him to be the best orthopedic doctor in Hyderabad. He has a fellowship in Hip & Knee Arthroplasty from world-renowned center Galeazzi Institute of Orthopedics, Milan, Italy under Prof Dr Lugi Zagra where he had great exposure and gained knowledge complex Hip & Knee Replacements.
The range of services provided by him includes Trauma – Fracture treatment, Knee Joint Replacement, Hip joint replacement, Arthroscopy, Sports Injuries Treatment, PRP & BEMAC Injections, Viscosupplementation, Stem Cell Treatment etc.