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FAQ'S

STEM CELL TREATMENT

 

Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) can be found in many tissues in the body.  For Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine, they are found primarily in bone marrow and adipose (fat). 

The doctor extracts the MSCs from the patient’s own body-either through a bone marrow aspiration (BMA) or a fat tissue aspiration.  These cells are then concentrated using an FDA approved device which helps remove unnecessary elements from the aspirate.    The BMA is injected into an injured part of the body where it then begins a healing process of the injured tissue. 

This process meets the FDA requirement of “minimally processed” and the FDA definition of the practice of medicine.

 

Are There Other Sources Of Stem Cells?

Affinity Sports Medicine primarily uses Mesenchymal Stem Cells derived from a Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) or a lipoaspirate (fat-LA).   Our review of the science shows BMA and LA to be the best source of stem cells for orthopedic pain.      There is ongoing science and research into such things as amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord matrix and more.       As the science develops on these treatment options, we are dedicated to reviewing the studies and offering the best, most up-to-date treatment options available.   

 

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Most procedures take approximately 60 minutes to perform in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to the procedure room where they are made comfortable.  A light sedative can be used if necessary.  After numbing the tissue, the stem cells are extracted.   The stem cells are concentrated, then injected into the injured area using ultrasound guidance for exact placement of the cells.

 

Is This Procedure Painful?

As with most medical procedures, there can be some discomfort both during and after the procedure.   Local anesthesia is given to minimize the discomfort of the bone marrow aspiration or the lipoaspiration.    Most patients report that the procedure is very tolerable.        There may also be some post-injection discomfort at the site.    This is usually of a short duration (1-2 days) and medication is available if needed.  

 

How Long Is The Recovery?

The recovery from the initial procedure is very short.    There may be some discomfort lasting just a few short days and if this is significant, pain medication can help.      Since Stem Cell injections are used to stimulate the body to heal itself, the results may not be immediate.    We expect improved pain levels and increased function to start around 4-6 weeks after the procedure.     These results can continue to improve over the next few months as damaged tissue is healed, and the body responds to the stresses placed on these tissues. 

 

Am I A Candidate For Stem Cell Treatment?

Patients typically have a pre-procedural visit with a Sports Medicine Physician.  During this time, a comprehensive medical history and physical exam are completed.  This may include lab tests and radiologic exams.

Previous x-rays or MRIs will be reviewed if available, and new studies can be ordered as necessary.  Affinity Sports Medicine offers in-office diagnostic ultrasound for soft tissue injuries.

After a thorough review, treatment options are discussed with each patient to choose the best treatment plan.  Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment is one of many viable options for patients seeking a non-surgical option for orthopedic injuries and pain.

 

 

Will This Cure My Pain?

We believe that Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine is a great option for treating acute and chronic orthopedic pain.   Many patients report an improvement in pain and a return to activities.   As with most medical treatments and procedures there is no guarantee that this will cure your pain. 

Are There Alternatives?

Affinity Sports Medicine is first and foremost a sports medicine practice with the goal of Keeping You Healthy By Keeping You Active.     We treat patients from active youth to industrial athletes, professional athletes and active adults.   We understand the demands of elite sports as well as the need to return to your active life.     While Orthopedic Regenerative Procedures are a fantastic option for increased function and decreased pain, there are other medical options that may be more appropriate based on your situation.   The best way to review these options as well as the regenerative medicine options, is to be evaluated by a physician to assess what is best for you.

 

Does Insurance Cover This?

The initial doctor’s exam at Affinity Sports Medicine is usually billed to commercial insurances and Medicare.   During your first office visit, a treatment plan will be developed with the doctor and the patient based on the nature of your injury. 

At this time, Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine is considered investigational.  As such, commercial insurance companies are not covering these treatments.     A typical knee replacement surgery in the United States can cost $45,000 to $50,000.   Compared with the cost of deductibles and co-insurance, the out of pocket cost for Stem Cell treatment should be considerably less.    Affinity Sports Medicine offers patient financing for regenerative procedures.     Our hope is that Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine procedures will be covered by commercial insurance and Medicare in the near future.

Please consult our office staff to determine if your insurance plan is considered In-Network.   If it is found that your insurance plan is Out-Of-Network, our staff will make every effort to become credentialed with your insurance carrier.     Self-pay patients are charged the Medicare allowable rate for the initial office visit.

What Is The Cost Of The Procedure?

Affinity Sports Medicine will always be transparent about price of the procedures.  Please call our office to discuss the cost and financing options that may be available.  

PLATELET RICH PLASMA

Where Does PRP Come From?

Platelets are a natural part of the circulating blood in our bodies.  They are the first responders to areas of injury in our bodies.  PRP is obtained by harvesting these platelet components from a patient's own blood.  After obtaining a blood sample from the patient, the blood is inserted into a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets.   This process removes much of the red and white blood cells leaving behind the beneficial PRP.    This preparation is then injected into the area of injury or pain to initiate the regenerative cascade

 

Are There Other Sources of PRP/Growth Factors?

Affinity Sports Medicine uses only PRP made from the patient’s own blood   We believe the patient’s own blood is the best and safest source of growth factors for orthopedic injuries.      There is ongoing science and research into such things as amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord matrix and more.       As the science develops on these treatment options, we are dedicated to reviewing the studies and offering the best, most up-to-date treatment options available.   

 

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Most procedures take less than 60 minutes to perform in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to the procedure room where they are made comfortable, and a simple blood draw is completed.  The platelets are concentrated, removing cells that are not beneficial to the healing process.  The PRP is then injected into the injured area using ultrasound guidance for exact placement of the cells.

 

Is This Procedure Painful?

As with most medical procedures, there can be some discomfort both during and after the procedure.   Local anesthesia can be given to minimize the discomfort of the injection.    Most patients report that the procedure is very tolerable.        There may also be some post-injection discomfort at the site.    This is usually of a short duration (1-2 days) and medication is available if needed.  

 

How Long Is The Recovery?

The recovery from the initial procedure is very short.    There may be some discomfort lasting just a few short days and if this is significant, pain medication can help.   We generally recommend that patients return to activity as tolerated.   At times, a rehab program or physical therapy is used in conjunction with the treatment to prevent new injuries from happening.

PRP injections are used to stimulate the body to heal itself--the results may not be immediate.    We expect improved pain levels and increased function to start around 4-6 weeks after the procedure.     These results can continue to improve over the next few months as damaged tissue is healed and the body responds to the stresses placed on these tissues.   Many patients only need one injection.  However, at times, a second PRP injection may be beneficial as a “booster” to the regenerative process.    

 

Am I A Candidate For PRP Treatment?

Patients typically have a pre-procedural visit with a Sports Medicine Physician.  During this time, a comprehensive medical history and physical exam are completed.  This may include lab tests and radiologic exams.

Previous x-rays or MRIs will be reviewed if available, and new studies can be ordered as necessary.  Affinity Sports Medicine offers in-office diagnostic ultrasound for soft tissue injuries.

After a thorough review, treatment options are discussed with each patient to choose the best treatment plan.  PRP is one of many viable options for patients seeking a non-surgical option for orthopedic injuries and pain.

  

Will This Cure My Pain?

We believe that Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine is a great option for treating acute and chronic orthopedic pain.   Many patients report an improvement in pain and a return to activities.   As with most medical treatments and procedures, there is no guarantee that this will cure your pain.

 

Are There Alternatives?

Affinity Sports Medicine is first and foremost a sports medicine practice with the goal of Keeping You Healthy By Keeping You Active.     We treat patients from active youth to industrial athletes, professional athletes and active adults.   We understand the demands of elite sports as well as the need to return to your active life.     We feel that Orthopedic Regenerative Procedures are often the best option for increased function and decreased pain.  However, there are other medical options that may be more appropriate based on your situation.   The best way to review these options as well as the regenerative medicine options, is to be evaluated by a physician to assess what is best for you.

 

Does Insurance Cover This?

The initial doctor’s exam at Affinity Sports Medicine is usually billed to commercial insurances and Medicare.   During your first office visit, a treatment plan will be developed with the doctor and the patient based on the nature of your injury. 

At this time, Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine is considered investigational.  As such, commercial insurance companies are not covering these treatments.     A typical knee replacement surgery in the United States can cost $45,000 to $50,000.   Compared with the cost of deductibles and co-insurance, the out of pocket cost for Stem Cell treatment should be considerably less.    Affinity Sports Medicine offers patient financing for regenerative procedures.     Our hope is that Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine procedures will be covered by commercial insurance and Medicare in the near future.

Please consult our office staff to determine if your insurance plan is considered In-Network.   If it is found that your insurance plan is Out-Of-Network, our staff will make every effort to become credentialed with your insurance carrier.     Self-pay patients are charged the Medicare allowable rate for the initial office visit.  

 

What Is The Cost Of The Procedure?

Affinity Sports Medicine will always be transparent about price of the procedures.  Please call our office to discuss the cost and financing options that may be available.  

 

 PROLOTHERAPY

Am I a candidate for Prolotherapy?

Patients typically have a pre-procedural visit with a Sports Medicine Physician.  During this time, a comprehensive medical history and physical exam are completed.  This may include lab tests and radiologic exams.  Previous x-rays or MRIs will be reviewed if available, and new studies can be ordered as necessary.  Affinity Sports Medicine offers in-office diagnostic ultrasound for soft tissue injuries.

After a thorough review, treatment options are discussed with each patient to choose the best treatment plan.  Prolotherapy is one of many viable options for patients seeking non-surgical treatment for orthopedic injuries and pain.