Stem Cell Orthopedic Injections Utilizing Adult Stem Cells
Stem cell orthopedic injections are becoming more widely used by orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists, such as Dr. Jervis Yau, for treating joint injuries. Early clinical data has shown that adult stem cells are a safe and effective treatment option for chronic tendon injuries, acute ligament and muscle injuries and for articular cartilage injuries in joints affected by arthritis. Dr. Yau offers stem cell injections to patients living in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities who are searching for the latest forms of regenerative medicine.
An Overview on Stem Cell Injections
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate, commonly known as BMAC, is an autologous stem cell therapy used to accelerate the healing process injury.
BMAC is classified as an autologous therapy since it uses a patient’s own pluripotent adult stem cells, which greatly reduces the risk of immune rejection and infection.
It is theorized that the viability of stem cells may decrease over time, therefore, patients over the age of 65 years of age may benefit more from using allograft (donor) stem cells. Dr. Yau utilizes FlōGraft® amniotic therapy in his practice. Applied Biologics developed FlōGraft to harvest the power of amniotic stem cells and growth factors to help protect areas of damage and inflammation.
Harvesting of Adult Stem Cells
A large portion of the body’s adult stem cells are found in bone marrow. In order for stem cell orthopedic injections to be performed, Dr. Yau must harvest stem cells from the patient’s body. A sample of bone marrow is drawn from the pelvis, and spun through a special machine designed to separate human blood into a combination of adult stem cells, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. The combination of healing agents are concentrated and injected directly into the injured tissue to promote regeneration and accelerate healing.
Common Uses of Stem Cell Orthopedic Injections
Dr. Yau offers adult stem cell therapy to patients suffering from a wide number of orthopedic and sports injuries. Stem cell orthopedic injections are commonly used to accelerate healing and promote regeneration when the body experiences:
- Tendon injuries
- Cartilage injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis
Patients living in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area interested in stem cell orthopedic injections utilizing adult stem cells are encouraged to contact the office of Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.