Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine
Amun Makani, MD, MBA, FAAOS
Sports Medicine & Knee and Shoulder Specialist located in St. Petersburg, FL
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that stimulates and supports your body’s ability to heal itself. At Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, Amun Makani, MD, MBA, FAAOS, offers stem cell therapy to help you recover from injuries and degenerative conditions. If you’re interested in stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, call Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.
Stem Cell Therapy Q & A
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that harnesses the power of stem cells to support and accelerate your body’s natural ability to repair itself.
Everyone has stem cells — they’re critical to cellular regeneration and tissue repair. Stem cells are unique in that they can turn into whatever type of cell your body needs, from your skin and hair to your muscles and bones.
Stem cell therapy works by injecting stem cells into injured or damaged tissue. The injection itself stimulates your body’s healing response and also floods your tissue with the cells your body needs for repair.
What conditions improve with stem cell therapy?
Medical researchers are still studying stem cell therapy, and new potential uses are discovered all the time. For example, research indicates that stem cell therapy can help with injuries and degenerative conditions, including:
- Sprains and strains
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee injuries
- Ligament tears
Dr. Makani might also recommend stem cell therapy after surgery to aid your recovery.
What should I expect during a stem cell therapy treatment?
Dr. Makani can harvest stem cells from your body, or he can use ethically sourced donor cells. If he collects stem cells from your body, he usually uses a needle aspiration procedure to collect them from your adipose (fat) tissue or the bone marrow in your pelvic bones.
In preparation for the injection, Dr. Makani cleanses the stem cells and also cleans the skin covering your injured or damaged tissue and provides a local anesthetic.
He then injects the stem cells into your body. If necessary, he uses fluoroscopy (X-ray) guidance to place the needle into the correct position before releasing the stem cells.
What should I expect after a stem cell injection?
In most cases, you can get back to work and your regular activities within a day of your injection. While stem cells accelerate your body’s healing process, you still need a little time to see an improvement in your symptoms.
Every patient responds differently, so you might see a change within two weeks, or it could take a little longer.
Also, some patients need multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. Dr. Makani provides thorough exams to assess your needs and makes personalized recommendations. He can answer any of your questions during your initial consultation.
Call Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine or make an appointment online today to find out how stem cell therapy can fit into your treatment plan.