About Stem Cells

Posted on April 6, 2016

STEM CELL THERAPY, AT WAKE SPORTS MEDICINE:

The use of adipose tissue has taken on increasing importance in the field of regenerative stem cell therapy. It has recently obtained FDA clearance, but as of today, insurance companies are not covering this procedure. It makes use of the high stem cell density of adipose thought to be 1 out of every 100 cells. This technique utilizes mild mechanical forces in a closed system to produce micro fractured and purified adipose tissue graft which is ready to use in a variety of orthopedic and regenerative applications.
Lipoaspirate is a type of autograft (from your own body), same-day stem cell therapy.
This is VERY important. Many clinics are advertising stem cell injections, but are using amniotic stem cells (called an allograft). These are not only of lower quality, but they also carry a small risk of infection. If you are going to consider a stem cell therapy procedure, you should always use your own stem cells, and not someone else’s cells.
Lipoaspirates are obtained from the abdomen or love handle area through a quick liposuction procedure. The gentle liposuction takes a few minutes, and the whole time in the office is an estimated 60-90 minutes.
WHAT is the COST?
The first office visit IS COVERED by insurance, and will be a history and physical. We will discuss the process, and get the consent for the procedure.
We will then schedule you for a second visit for the actual injection. This visit is NOT covered by insurance, and will be about 1 hr long. You will need to pay up front for the injection. Contact us at our Raleigh, NC office to inquire about our injection pricing.
DOES IT WORK?
Some patients are doing very well with stem cell therapy. By this we mean a decrease in pain levels, and an increase in activities. This does not mean that all patients will do well. Do NOT believe anyone that claims that stem cells definitely regrow tissue, or that your pain will definitely be gone. This is a lie.
To date there is LIMITED evidence that stem cells regenerate or regrow meniscus and cartilage. There are a lot of “case studies” which mean that one or two patients are feeling better. But there are NO large clinical trials to suggest that these injections work. While a lot of clinics promise grand results with these injections, the truth is that we physicians are not quite sure what we are doing with stem cells. With that said, a lot of us think that stem cells “might” help to heal damaged tissue in the body.
Personally I think there is promise with stem cell therapy, and that is why I offer it here at Wake Sports Medicine, HOWEVER I will never make any false promises or claims to a patient about possible results. If we knew that stem cells definitely regenerated meniscus or cartilage than insurance would cover it, as it would be cheaper than a surgery.
Right now the 3 most common types of Stem Cell injections are : Fat (adipose tissue), Bone Marrow, and Amniotic. Both the fat and bone marrow are harvested from your own body. Amniotic cells are collected from a donated placenta. Fat and Bone marrow have been found to be superior to amniotic stem cells for many reasons. Currently we are performing adipose stem cell injections only at Wake Sports Medicine. We will offer bone marrow injections for select patients.
If you have any questions about stem cells , please make an appt with Dr Kanaan to discuss this further before you spend thousands of dollars.

ABOUT US: Our Philosophy…
At Wake Sports Medicine we focus entirely on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to relieve knee pain, promote healing, rehabilitate, and prevent future injuries. We also strongly feel that the key to a long and healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and we make every attempt to return patients to the recreational and competitive activities that they enjoy.