Hip Pain & Conditions

Hip pain from osteoarthritis can cause inflammation of the hip joint and lead to the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the hip bones. As the pain gets gradually worse, stiffness and a reduced range of motion sets in. Older adults whose bones become weak and brittle, along with athletes and people who perform repetitive twisting movements are at higher risk of developing hip pain and problems. It’s important to identify exactly where your pain originates as lower back injuries and disease might also radiate pain to the hips.

Causes of Hip Pain

Some of the conditions that commonly cause hip pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hip fractures
  • Hip labral tears
  • Avascular necrosis

Treating Hip Conditions with Stem Cell Therapy

As long as there are no bone deformations in the hip joint, the use of stem cells to reduce inflammation and relieve pain is a promising option. While hip replacement surgery is usually considered when other treatment options have failed, the recovery time can be significant, anywhere from three to six months.

At Okyanos, our goal is to try and restore a patient’s natural anatomy, using stem cells to improve blood flow, reduce scarring and regrow cartilage tissue in the hip joint. If surgery is needed, stem cell therapy can be administered post-surgery to increase healing.

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:

For a detailed understanding of stem cell safety at Okyanos, watch our video below.


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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/


Often called “wear-and-tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time, leaving a patient with the feeling of bone rubbing on bone, pain, drug dependence or some degree of disability. Patients who experience debilitating pain might face orthopedic surgery or joint replacement due to sports injuries, arthritis and other medical conditions.