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Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy in South Florida

It is extremely common for various joints in the body to begin wearing down as we age. Many people accept this condition, called osteoarthritis, as a natural part of getting older. However, osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint conditions can heavily impact a person’s life by limiting their mobility and overall activity level.

There are a variety of solutions that have been standard practice for decades, though one fairly new treatment called stem cell therapy shows promising results. Dr. George M. Botelho is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon highly trained in treating osteoarthritis with stem cell therapy. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis and are in need of treatment, call (954) 491-6969 to request an appointment at our orthopedic office in Boca Raton, Maraton, or Naples.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

The body is comprised of many different types of cells, each with a unique purpose. For example, there are liver cells, brain cells, bone cells, and more. The cell type that has the most significance to therapy of orthopedic conditions is called a mesenchymal stem cell (MSC).

The Power of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Mesenchymal stem cells have a variety of unique qualities that make them an excellent reparative and restorative treatment option for multiple joint conditions. Some of their abilities include:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Self replication
  • Interchangeable between multiple tissues such as muscle, fat, cartilage, and bone
  • Fight against cell death

Their Purpose

The overall goal of stem cell therapy is to focus on the body’s natural healing process and take advantage of its regenerative abilities. By injecting a concentrated dose of these specific cells into a worsening joint, the process is accelerated to help regenerate vital components and functions of the joint. Several studies have shown that this treatment method has yielded results of:

  • Lowered pain levels
  • Lessened use of opioids and other highly addictive painkillers
  • Fewer interventional treatments for the individual’s joint pain

Autologous Stem Cell Therapy

Multiple sources also cite an increased likelihood of success when using mesenchymal stem cells from the patient’s own body. MSCs can be harvested from multiple areas of the body, though the most frequently used point of access is iliac crest of the hip.

This access point is used to gather the patient’s own bone marrow, which is then filtered and spun into a concentrated dose of mesenchymal stem cells. It is also possible to derive this sample from the person’s fat, though bone marrow is typically preferred when treating orthopedic conditions.

Once the injection is ready, it is delivered to any and all areas of the body that require treatment for a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions.

Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?

It is possible for any person to complete stem cell therapy, though this course of treatment is specially designed to assist individuals with the following wounds or conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone loss
  • Non-union fractures
  • Cartilage defects
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • A meniscus tear
  • Tendonopathies

Request an Appointment in South Florida

The best way to learn more about stem cell therapy and whether or not you may benefit from it is to speak with someone who specializes in this particular type of treatment. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Botelho, please call our office at (954) 491-6969 today. During your consultation, Dr. Botelho will take the time to answer any questions you may have about osteoarthritis and stem cell therapy