What is Regenerative Medicine?
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 to HEAL these areas as well as 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 once believed they would require surgery.
Learn more about the entire Regenerative Medicine treatment process in our printable guide.
AREAS TREATED WITH REGENERATIVE MEDICINE PROCEDURES
Acute injuries, Arthritis, ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscal Tears, Chronic Pain, Tendon Injury, and Tendonitis
Acute Injuries, Arthritis, Labral Tears, Tendon Injuries, Tendinitis, Bursitis
Chronic Pain, Facet Syndrome, Arthritis, Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Disc Herniation and Tears
Bursitis, Shoulder Separations, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Tears, Arthritis, Labral Tears
SMALL JOINTS CAN BENEFIT FROM PRP TOO
New research has indicated that even small joints like the Trapeziometacarpal Joint (TMJ) in your jaw can benefit from PRP.
A review of six studies comparing PRP effectiveness to hyaluronic acid (HA) and other similar solutions found PRP superior. Four of the six studies indicated PRP to be the most effective treatment option when it came to having the most significant increase in maximum mouth movement and decreased pain 12 months after the procedure. (1) (2) (3)
What to expect in the procedure
How painful is the procedure for implanting PRP or Bone Marrow Therapy?
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?
The entire process will take about 3-4 hours which includes the processing of your cells by our trained lab technician. There will be about 90 minutes of “downtime” while one of our nurse specialists process your blood in our lab. During this time you can leave the clinic or relax in the lobby and we recommend that you have a snack and drink fluids as well. You can walk out of our Sartell clinic after the procedure.
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 Bone Marrow Therapy 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 the total number of treatments needed as well.
For Bone Marrow Therapy: 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. Physical therapy can be completed at the same clinic you received your procedure – right here in Sartell.
Price and Insurance Coverage
Are PRP and Bone Marrow Therapy procedures covered under insurance?
PRP and Bone Marrow 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 a fee for all appointments and bracing.
We recommend that you contact your insurance carrier for more information about your specific coverage details.
How much do PRP and Bone Marrow Therapy 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 Bone Marrow Therapy 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).
Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation
What is the Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation?
The Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation (IOF) was created as a not-for-profit (501)C(3) organization in January 2015. The foundation’s primary function is to educate and serve as a resource to physicians and the public seeking to understand the growing field of interventional orthopedics.
Why does our membership matter?
You want a provider that is both experienced and up-to-date on their education to ensure the best possible success on your procedure. Our participation in the IOF helps ensure our providers are receive regular training from the organizations more than 10 annual workshops.