Regenerative medicine is an emerging field of medicine that focuses on harnessing your body’s cells to heal damaged tissues, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. The purpose of regenerative medicine is not only to HEAL these areas but to decrease the PAIN associated with these areas. Our goal is to restore the level of function the person enjoyed before the injury or degeneration. The treatments are minimally invasive without the pain and lengthy recovery typically associated with surgery. Regenerative medicine treatments offer a solution and renewed hope for those who believed they would require surgery.
What to expect in the procedure
How painful is the procedure for implanting PRP or Stem Cells
Patients often report feeling mild pressure and discomfort from the procedure. Our providers numb the skin at the injection point with a local anesthetic.
How do you know where to inject my cells?
We use a real-time dynamic musculoskeletal ultrasound to identify the precise location we are looking for. Your previous MRI and X-Ray images, as well as the physical examination by your provider, tells the provider where to accurately inject the cells.
How long will the procedure take?
Do I need someone to drive me to my appointment?
You will be required to have a driver if you utilize any pre-procedure medications. If pre-procedure medications are not utilized we still recommend always having a driver. Please consult with your provider and nurse team before your procedure to see if you should make transportation plans.
How much blood is drawn during the PRP procedure?
The amount of blood drawn can slightly vary depending on which area of the body is being treated. On average, we draw 180 mL – 240 mL of blood. For comparison, a blood donation is a UNIT of blood, which equals 500 mL.
When can I expect to feel better?
Most patients begin to notice minor initial improvements 2-4 weeks post procedure. The entire healing process is roughly 2-3 months for PRP procedures, and 4-6 months for stem cell procedures. It is possible to feel improvement within the first week and it is also possible that it may take 4-6 weeks to notice positive changes. Depending on the individual and the area of treatment, time can vary.
Will I need a second procedure?
For PRP: Most patients will usually need 1-3 injections over a period of 3 years depending on their initial outcomes and severity of injury at the time of first injection. Not all patients will need multiple injections, as it might be a few years down the road before having to consider another treatment. It is important to address injuries early on before they progress into more serious issues. This can affect total number of needed treatments as well.
For Stem Cells: Most patients only require one stem cell injection. It is possible that patients may want to eventually supplement their healing from a stem cell treatment long term by utilizing a PRP booster injection.
When can I return to normal activity?
This depends on the type of procedure and area of injury. You will be given specific post procedure protocols to follow as general guidelines after your procedure. These protocols will address weight lifting restrictions for a short period of time, as well as guide you back to normal activity.
When should I follow up with my provider?
Follow up appointments will occur 6 weeks after the initial procedure with your provider. At that appointment, you can discuss your progress up to that point and have a conversation about the next steps and possible further treatments.
Is Physical Therapy necessary?
Yes. You will begin physical therapy around 7 days after your procedure. This is a crucial component to your recovery as you build your strength back. This will help address instability of the area treated as your body is going through the healing process.
How much do PRP and stem cell procedures cost?
Pricing of procedures can vary considerably from patient to patient because each treatment situation is unique. An evaluation will give you a better idea of condition, treatment, and costs specific to your condition.
PRP procedures are typically around $600-$1200 per treatment and Stem Cell procedures are typically around $3000-$4000 per treatment. Until you are seen in the clinic for an evaluation, we will not know what the recommended treatment route will be. Alternatively, if you are not able to travel to the clinic, you may provide us with a recent MRI (less than 1 year old) of the area/joint you are seeking treatment on. You are always welcome to speak with one of our regenerative specialists to discuss your case and ask more questions (320-251-2600).
Are PRP and Stem Cell procedures covered under insurance?
PRP and Stem Cell injections have no insurance coverage at this time. Some health insurance plans may cover the initial evaluation. Other areas potentially covered are follow up appointments,physical therapy, and bracing. If Williams Integracare Clinic is IN-NETWORK with your insurance carrier, we will bill the carrier. If not, there will be fee for all appointments and bracing
We recommend that you contact your insurance carrier for more information about your specific coverage details.