According to the National Institute of Health, "Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects."1 Although reparative medicine used to be largely limited to organ transplants, the field is now a burgeoning sector of medicine. Until recently, orthopedic solutions to degenerative joint conditions typically involved temporary pain relief or surgery. Straightforward reparative injections now offer an exciting new potential longer-term minimally invasive solution to aches and pains caused by degenerative orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and cartilage damage.
Thanks to recent advances in orthopedic technology, Dr. Hayden can perform several of these reparative treatments in the comfort of our office. In one reparative treatment, Dr. Hayden can extract stem cells from a patient's blood and inject them into his or her damaged or arthritic joint. Another potential option involves extracting and injecting a patient's fat cells into the offending joint.2 Finally, Dr. Hayden can provide a platelet rich plasma treatment utilizing a platelet rich solution extracted from your blood. Onto Orthopedics also offers a variety of solutions to orthopedic injuries, ranging from minimally invasive steroid shots to surgical care.
When using the Lipogems system, fat is essentially resized so that it can be injected into a damaged area. The innate healing properties of fat are then utilized in an effort to help reduce pain and promote a quicker recovery. One common application area is the knee.