Orthopedic Conditions

Stem cell therapy can be a minimally-invasive option for patients suffering with the daily discomfort of orthopedic conditions and injuries. Disorders of the joints, bones, muscles and connective ligaments, tendons and cartilage affect millions of people on a daily basis, producing symptoms ranging from reduced function to crippling pain. Our expertly-trained orthopedists can assess whether a condition will benefit from stem cell therapy or if surgery is a better option for mechanical issues such as bone-on-bone damage. Administering stem cell therapy as an adjunct to surgery is another option to improve the healing and repair process.

Some of the orthopedic conditions we treat include:

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Neck & Back pain
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Sports injuries
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Hip pain
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Knee pain
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Key patient benefits include:

  • Decreased inflammation and swelling due to bone edema
  • Bone and tissue remodeling and regeneration
  • Remodel and inhibit scar formation leading to increased mobility and activity

The Procedure

Stem cell treatment at Okyanos is a minimally invasive, same-day, outpatient procedure. Though recovery varies 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 a sufficient amount of adipose (fat) tissue.
  2. The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells that exist in adipose tissue are isolated and prepared for delivery using a proprietary, closed, sterile, fully automated cell processing system. In about 65 minutes, the highly potent SVF is ready for direct injections and IV infusions.
  3. Our expertly-trained orthopedists will perform direct injections under ultrasound or 2D-fluoroscopic guidance to ensure proper placement of the cells.
  4. The SVF/stem cells might also be administered intravenously (IV) to address the systemic factors relating to orthopedic dysfunction.

The Best Care & Safety

Treatment timeframes are usually three days and might vary depending on the personalized plan:

  1. Day 1: Pre-operative session includes an office visit with the medical staff for a detailed review of the patient’s treatment plan and an opportunity to discuss any questions from the patient and family members.
  2. Day 2: The patient undergoes treatment and briefly rests in our comfortable facility before being escorted back to the hotel for the evening.
  3. Day 3: Post-operative session involves a brief physical at Okyanos and a discharge plan discussion. The physician reviews the post treatment recommendations and communication plan, and clears the patient to go home.

For a more detailed understanding of what to expect, watch the below video series with Gretchen Dezelick, RN and Director of Clinical Operations:

Watch our video about stem cell therapy and joint pain & injury:


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