Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells that are capable of playing a role in helping the body repair and rejuvenate itself. They can change themselves into cells such as chondrocytes capable of cartilage repair, myocytes capable of muscle repair and tenocytes capable of tendon repair, as well as cells capable of bone and even nerve repair. Stem cells can come from many different sources in our own bodies including blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp and many other tissues. Stem cells can also come from sources outside our own bodies including embryonic tissue, amniotic tissue and umbilical cord blood. At Shore Orthopaedic, Dr. Charles Krome(who has been performing regenerative medicine procedures since 2008) uses stem cells derived from the umbilical cord blood donated from healthy mothers, along with a patient’s own platelet rich plasma, to treat a variety of orthopaedic/sports medicine conditions including osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, etc., rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow and other tendonopathies of the body, plantar fasciitis, meniscal and ligament injuries, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
There is no surgery or invasive procedures done to the patient. No bone marrow aspiration. No liposuction. The cells are ordered directly from a tissue bank which screens the donated cord blood for diseases, and the cells come specifically for each patient’s procedure the morning of the stem cell injection. The cells are thawed and mixed with the patient’s own platelet rich plasma to maximize healing capability, then injected directly into the treatment area. Most injections are done under ultrasound guidance to ensure appropriate delivery into the joint being treated. There is no HLA matching which means the cells will not illicit an immune response from the patient. The potential for healing and improved quality of life is very high with umbilical cord derived stem cells, with minimal risks to the patient.
To see if you are a candidate for this exciting regenerative therapy, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles Krome to discuss your therapeutic options.
Appointments are available in our Somers Point, Galloway and Cape May Court House offices. Call (609) 927-1991 or visit ShoreOrthoDocs.com.