Stem cell therapy can be a minimally-invasive option for patients suffering with the daily discomfort of orthopedic conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports-related injuries and spine disease. Okyanos Cell Therapy addresses the underlying causes of pain while providing an opportunity for lasting relief and healing effects, utilizing the healing cells stored in adipose tissue (body fat).

Adipose-derived stem cells have the ability to decrease inflammation and repair or replace cartilage, bone or other tissue. This treatment may also address scarring and stimulate new blood vessel growth for better blood flow to the affected area(s).

 

Back Pain

Address back pain without debilitating surgical procedures or fusions.

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Osteoarthritis

Stem cell therapy provides a new approach to the debilitating pain.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

A condition in which the immune system attacks one’s joints.

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Common Orthopedic Conditions

Disorders of the joints, bones, muscles and connective ligaments, tendons and cartilage affect millions of Americans on a daily basis, producing symptoms ranging from reduced function to crippling pain.

Often called “wear-and-tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, leaving you with the feeling of bone rubbing on bone, pain, drug dependence or some degree of disability. While osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, it most commonly affects joints in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips restricting the activities of a full, normal life. A usual course of orthopedic treatments may include surgery, cortisone injections, pain relievers or narcotics, each with mixed results.

Research indicates that many orthopedic issues arise fundamentally as a result of inflammation. Adult stem cells from your own body fat have the ability to reduce inflammation and repair or replace damaged bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, making them uniquely qualified for the job of treating your:

What Can Stem Cell Therapy Do for Orthopedic Issues?

Stored in your adipose (fat) tissue is a type of stem cells known as mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs. These cells could be likened to small “doctors” who diagnose and correct individual areas of the body in need of special attention.

MSCs have the capacity to detect changes in the body which are causing pain or dysfunction, and to respond and communicate with the local environmental needs to provide the correct tools needed for healing. These adult stem cells are commonly referred to as “repair cells” for their ability to heal injured organs or body parts. In addition to addressing inflammation and scar, their primary mechanisms are:

  • Acceleration of tissue repair
  • Stimulation of tissue regeneration
  • Prevention of continued premature cell/tissue loss
  • Creation of new blood vessels
  • Halting of abnormal, destructive immune responses

Re-introducing your own stem cells systemically and directly into damaged joints can stimulate new blood flow in the joints and reduce inflammation, allowing these stem cells to do tittle “physicians” in the process of healing. This treatment is also an option for chronic tendon issues, such as in the elbow or Achilles tendon, which have been resistant to other treatments.

Using your own adult stem cells, we are able to put your body’s own natural biology and healing capabilities to work for you.

The Procedure

Stem cell treatment at Okyanos is a minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure. Though recovery can and does vary from patient to patient, our protocols are designed and carried out with the goal of keeping “downtime” to a minimum. A general overview of the procedure is as follows:

  1. First, water-assisted fat harvesting is done to obtain about a cup of adipose (fat) tissue.
  2. The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells which exist in the adipose tissue are then isolated and prepared for intravenous delivery utilizing an EU-approved, closed/sterile, fully automated CGMP cell processing system. A closed/sterile, manually operated cell processing technology will also be used to obtain a micro-fragmented, cell-rich product for direct injections.
  3. In accordance with the individualized treatment plan prepared for each patient, adult stem and regenerative cells are then guided by direct injection and/or intravenously to address the systemic factors relating to orthopedic dysfunction. This combination of IV and direct injection is a standard technique developed by doctors at Okyanos. Direct injections are performed under ultrasound or 2D-fluoroscopic guidance to ensure proper placement of the cells.

To learn more about Okyanos Cell Therapy for orthopedic conditions, contact a Patient Liaison to request a free educational consultation or dial 855-OKYANOS (855-659-2667).

References

Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cells in Orthopedics (January-February, 2012) in Indian Journal of Orthopaedics. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270604/

Role of Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis: Latest Findings and Interpretations (April, 2013) in Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3638313/

Application of Stem Cells in Orthopedics (2012) in Stem Cells International, volume 2012 article ID 394962. Retrieved from http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sci/2012/394962/

Michalek J, Dudasova Z, Kristkova Z, Darinskas A, Lukac L, Chaloupka A, Moster R. Stem Cell Therapy of Osteoarthritis Using Stromal Vascular Fraction Cells—Proceeding of the STEMSO Conference (2014) in CellR4. Retrieved from http://www.cellr4.org/article/778

Therapeutic Application of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Orthopaedics (April, 2005) in Pathologie Biologie. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15781372

Application of Stem Cells in Orthopedics (2012) in Stem Cells International, volume 2012 article ID 394962. Retrieved from http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sci/2012/394962/

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