Regenexx® at Gold Coast Orthopedics Practices the Nation’s Most Advanced Regenerative Orthopedic Procedures to Treat Patients.
Regenexx Procedures help patients who suffer from orthopedic injuries, joint pain, and degenerative joint conditions – like avascular necrosis and osteoarthritis – without relying on surgery. Instead, these procedures use the patient’s own stem cells and blood platelets to assist in healing damaged tissues, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone, and spinal discs.
The most significant benefits of Regenexx are the prevention of a long recovery and avoidance of painful rehabilitation, which usually result from invasive surgeries such as joint replacements.
What Is the Regenexx Patented Same-Day Stem Cell Protocol?
The complete protocol actually takes place over the course of a week or so, but the stem cells are harvested and reinjected into the patient on the same day.
The protocol begins with a preinjection, which is followed by the stem cell extraction and reinjection procedure described above. A few days after that procedure, we will administer a post-injection of multiple proprietary platelet mixes.
When you arrive for your same-day stem cell procedure, your blood will be drawn from a vein in your arm. Your doctor will then numb the back of your hip in order to take a small bone marrow sample using a needle. Termed a bone marrow aspirate, it’s how we extract stem cells for your procedure, and patients report that it’s not as painful as a bone marrow biopsy.
We encourage our patients to relax while their cells and blood sample are being processed by one of our Regenexx lab technicians. The second step of the procedure involves the doctor reinjecting your stem cells and natural growth factors from your blood platelets. He or she will use advanced imaging guidance, such as real-time fluoroscopy or musculoskeletal ultrasound, along with your MRI, to accurately inject the stem cells into the precise area that requires repair. This technique also helps improve the dispersion of the cells into the tissues. The main aim is to deliver much greater numbers of stem cells to your affected joint than your body would be able to deliver on its own.
Why Is Regenexx Innovation Important?
Constantly refining our equipment and procedures ultimately leads to improved outcomes for our patients. At Regenexx, we invest in innovation and the people who make it happen. We have a PhD-led lab research team and a physician/biostatistician-led clinical research team who perform studies to discover better techniques.
For instance, a few years ago, our teams implemented projects to develop new ways of processing bone marrow. We wanted to double – or triple – the amount of stem cells extracted during a bone marrow aspiration. Our efforts outperformed our highest expectations, increasing the number of stem cells by more than 500%. Unlike most physicians’ offices, we don’t use the average automated centrifuge for our bone marrow stem cell procedures. We have created our own revolutionary device that extracts about four times the stem cells a centrifuge can.
Extracting a larger quantity of stem cells is only the means to the ultimate end – improving a patient’s quality of life.
In this chart, you can see that our new procedure yielded statistically significant, positive changes in the knee function, according to the lower extremity functional scale (LEFS), as well as pain relief as compared with other treated patients. The average length of time for a follow-up is five months.
This proves that our procedure both extracts more stem cells and leads to better results than we had achieved with our previous procedure, which already exceeded the results of alternative treatments. All Regenexx network providers offer the latest procedures and have trained staff to perform them. This is our second-generation same-day stem cell procedure, and we have a third one in process. We are performing our third-generation platelet lysate, which is a mixture of growth factors that have been isolated from platelets, and the fourth iteration of it is in the works.
This level of ongoing innovation differentiates us from the smaller clinics that offer stem cell procedures using inferior and outdated technology. We at Regenexx are fully focused on orthopedic stem cell and platelet procedures that will produce the best results for our patients.
The Best Possible Patient Outcomes
At Regenexx® no corners are cut. Our regenerative procedures are 100% focused on producing the best possible patient outcomes, without trying to balance quality with profitability.
100% Focused on Orthopedics
We don’t treat everything and we’re proud of that fact. We are orthopedic specialists. Each doctor in the Regenexx Network is a musculoskeletal expert trained in our procedures and have proven skills in advanced injections for the body areas that they are certified to treat.
Image-Guided Injections and Harvesting
Even experienced orthopedic specialists cannot hit an exact spot without taking a look inside. The imaging technology that we use during your procedure allows us to not only see the anatomy of the area being injected, but we have live visualization of the needle and the distribution of the injected cells. Precise needle placement for bone marrow aspiration harvesting and reinjection is a key element in producing the best possible outcomes.
Backed by the Most Research
Regenexx® is the original non-surgical orthopedic treatment in the United States and we’re responsible for a very large portion of the published literature based on regenerative medicine that is available today.
Published Patient Outcome Data & Transparency
At Regenexx® we publish our patient outcome data on a regular basis and make it available to the public on our website and in peer-reviewed research papers. Regenexx patients are tracked in a registry for functional improvements, pain scales, outcomes and safety data.