Center for Regenerative Medicine

Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration a reality in treating many diseases. Through stem cell therapy, a patient can take advantage of the body’s ability to heal itself by using the healthy regenerative cells that can be found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research have shown that it is possible to use regenerative cells to restore and repair damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. Stem cell therapy is showing promise in orthopedic medicine, burn treatment, nerve restoration and treatment of heart conditions, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Regenerative cells were discovered more than 40 years ago when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various adult tissues. Regenerative cells are early stage cells. Under the right conditions they are capable of developing into other cell types, with the potential to regenerate damaged tissue. Autologous regenerative stem cells are being used to treat many types of chronic pain and degeneration. Currently, doctors are treating shoulder, knee, hip and spine degeneration, in addition to soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) and other bone related injuries.

FOI offers two different types of therapy depending upon the type of treatment required for the site of the injury. The first therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), uses a mix of concentrated platelets and serum. The other type of therapy is Stem Cell. Stem Cell injection therapy is more powerful than PRP because these treatments enable a greater concentration of stem cells to proliferate and be administered to the treatment site providing quicker renewal and repair response times. To find out more information about a specific treatment, please select one of links below:

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Regenerative Medicine Program

Where do adult regenerative cells come from?

Regenerative cells are present within various tissues and organs (from bone marrow and adipose or fat tissue).

How are regenerative cells obtained and prepared?

One of the richest sources of regenerative cells is bone marrow, and the hip (pelvis) is one of the best and easiest locations for obtaining bone marrow. In the harvesting procedure, the doctor typically removes (aspirates) cells from the patient’s pelvis. A trained nurse or technician then uses specially designed equipment to concentrate the regenerative cells in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the surgeon for implantation at the site of injury.

Will my body reject the regenerative cells?

Since they are collected from your own tissue, they do not represent an immunogenic threat. In addition, the possibility of disease transmission from the use of donor material is avoided.

Regenerative Medicine at Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Regenerative medicine is one of the most exciting new treatment options in orthopedics. Learn more about stem cell therapy, and other regenerative procedures now available at Florida Orthopaedic Institute, and hear from one patient about how regenerative medicine at FOI helped her get her game back.

Regenerative Medicine at Florida Orthopaedic Institute

May 10, 2016

Stem Cells for Athletes to Get Them Back in the Game

May 9, 2016

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