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 regenerative 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 regenerative 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 regenerative treatments in the comfort of our office. In one regenerative 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.
PRP treatments have been featured in the news recently as a regenerative medicine and a potential solution to help repair many chronic injuries. Some professional atheletes claim that PRP has helped them get back in the game sooner. What is PRP though and how can a PRP treatment help with your orthopedic injury? Platelet Rich Plasma injections are a relatively new solution for many injuries and afflictions. The minimally-invasive process is relatively simple and can typically be performed in-office. Within a few weeks of the procedure, patients often see improvement to their injury.1
While blood contains white and red blood cells, a small percentage of your blood is comprised of platelets. Platelets are known for their clotting abilities, however they also appear to assist with the healing process. The exact mechanism of action is unknown however in higher concentrations, platelets appear to "jump start" healing. First some of the patient's blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to increase the concrentration of platelets. The concrentration of platelets in a PRP solution may become 5-10x greater than in normal blood. The solution is then carefully injected into the injured area. Pain in the area may increase temporarily, however patients often begin to feel a beneficial effect within a few weeks.
Platelet Rich Plasma solutions show great promise for the treatment of various conditions in the field of aesthetics.
The camera has been a staple of family gatherings and reunions for generations. This isn’t the only way to use a digital camera anymore however. The lens not only gives you a perfect picture of your external features but can also capture any disharmony within you. High-resolution fiber optic cameras have completely revolutionised the surgical world by allowing us to view the insides of joints. From taking the pressure off a nerve trapped in the carpal tunnel on the wrist, to relieving the painful tingling numbness radiating from the spine, endoscopic decompression procedures have a lot to offer.
A common example of nerve compression is carpal tunnel syndrome. Here, the median nerve is compressed under the wrist ligaments causing painful tingling and/or numbness in the hands. Sports like cricket, weight lifting and games involving a racquet require excessive use of the wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in their players. When a trial of conservative medical therapy fails, surgery remains the only option. Two incisions are taken over the palm and wrist where the surgeon, using an endoscope, will dissect the transverse carpal ligament to release the compressed median nerve. With the bandages coming off in a couple of days and complete recovery within two to three weeks, the player finds himself having a firm grip on his equipment as well as his game.