The Stem Cell Therapy Procedure
Stem cell therapy performed at the Orthopedic Stem Cell Institute is an innovative way to use your body’s own stem cells to treat chronic painful orthopedic (knees, hips, shoulders, feet/ankles) or spinal disc injuries or conditions that haven’t improved following conservative, non-surgical treatments.
The first step is to determine whether you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy. This often requires a history and physical examination, x-rays, and an MRI. Stem cell therapy isn’t the best treatment for all cases. If we discover you are not a good candidate for stem cell therapy, we will discuss other treatment options with you.
Once you are determined to be a good candidate for the procedure, you will meet with the director of the Orthopedic Stem Cell Institute, Luc Koldewyn, who will explain how stem cell therapy works and what will happen throughout the procedure, and answer any other questions you may have.
- You will be given IV anesthesia or sedation, similar to what you would receive for a colonoscopy. Even though you may be awake and talking during the stem cell therapy procedure, you should have very little, if any, recollection of the procedure itself.
- An experienced spine surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or trained physician will remove some of your bone marrow.
- The bone marrow will be placed into a device made by Celling Biosciences that will separate the stem cells from the bone marrow.
- The stem cells will then be injected back into your body in the area of damage or injury to aid in healing.
- The entire procedure will take about 30 minutes.
After a brief recovery period from the anesthesia, you will be able to go home, returning to your pre-procedure activity levels. We will either ask you to come back for a few post-operative appointments or follow up with you by phone, email, or mail so we can track your healing progress.
To learn more, watch our video of a stem cell therapy procedure performed at the Orthopedic Stem Cell Institute by Dr. Pettine and featuring Jessica Norton.