Regenerative Medicine

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What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine refers to the use of non-embryonic (adult) mesenchymal cells or platelet-rich plasma to regenerate bone and cartilage cells and can be a valuable addition to minimally invasive surgical procedures. In some cases, regenerative medicine can be used as an injection or IV to delay or eliminate the need for surgery. Regenerative medicine can also be used in conjunction with surgery to speed recovery time and lower inflammation.  Most of the time, these are your own cells which can be used to target the body’s natural healing abilities. Regenerative medicine works to preserve the patient’s natural anatomy.

The Benefits of Regenerative Medicine

Much is still unknown about regenerative medicine and it is considered a relatively new field. Clinical tests have shown that it is possible that regenerative medicine can:

  • Accelerate the healing process
  • Regenerate damaged cartilage or bone
  • Help to preserve the patient’s natural anatomy

Conditions and Symptoms Treated

While regenerative medicine is still being tested, researchers and orthopedic surgeons have used regenerative medicine to treat some of these conditions:

Preparing for Treatment

How you prepare for a regenerative medicine treatment depends on the spinal procedure it accompanies. If it is a surgical case, you may be advised to do the following (consult your doctor to find out what applies to your case):

  • Stop certain medications and supplements – Some medications and supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Inform your doctor of the medications and supplements you’re taking and stop taking them for the period advised before your back surgery.
  • Fast for 6-12 hours – The time you will fast depends on the type of spine surgery you’re having. Follow the instructions provided to you to avoid the postponement of your surgery.
  • Arrange a ride home – You will not be able to drive after your spine surgery and will need to arrange to have someone pick you up.

The Regenerative Medicine Procedure

Regenerative medical techniques don’t always stand on their own — most often they are used alongside minimally invasive surgeries to harness the body’s ability to heal itself and possibly speed the healing process. These procedures require either blood from your circulatory system for platelet rich plasma (PRP) or bone marrow that will be acquired during your surgery.

Bone Marrow

These surgeries will begin with the administering of a local anesthetic to the patient’s side at the hip area. In just minutes, the physician draws bone marrow from the hip bone and separates the components needed for surgery.

A local anesthetic is given at the site of the procedure, and either one or two tiny incisions will be made. A thin tube or needle will be inserted to allow the surgeon to visualize the area and locate damaged bone or cartilage. Damaged tissues will be repaired or removed using a small instrument and/or laser. At this point, the surgeon injects the bone marrow components into the surgical space to give signals to the surrounding tissue and bone to start the healing process. The incision will then be closed using a stitch or a thin piece of surgical tape.

After your back surgery, you will move to a recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours before being discharged.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is gathered from the patient’s circulating blood the same day as surgery. After spinning in a centrifuge to separate out the regenerative components, the surgeon will inject the bio-cellular product into the surgical space to provide signals to the surrounding tissue and bone to begin the healing process. The incision will then be closed with either a stitch or a thin piece of surgical tape.

After your back surgery, you will move to a recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours before being discharged.

Recovery After Treatment With Regenerative Medicine

Most minimally invasive surgical procedures translate into a speedy recovery. For most, the return to an active lifestyle takes about 4-6 weeks.

Depending on the type of spinal surgery and your condition, physical therapy may be needed to aid with your rehabilitation and to prevent relapse or retearing.

Your doctor will advise you about pain management and as to when you can return to work and other activities.

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