Orthobiologics: The Next Generation of Advanced Medicine is Regeneration

In recent years, exciting innovations in medicine have led to significant breakthroughs in the nonsurgical treatment of many conditions, including musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

At the forefront of modern medicine, the field of orthobiologics involves using injections of the patient’s own blood platelets, bone marrow stem cells, or adipose tissue (fat) to achieve remarkable results in healing and pain relief, without concern for allergic reaction or rejection.

Orthobiologics represents a new era in medicine for patients with these and other conditions:

  • arthritis
  • bursitis
  • tendonitis
  • major joint issues
  • sports medicine injuries

Which Orthobiologic Injection Therapies Are Available at EmergeOrtho?

EmergeOrtho Wilmington offers three advanced orthobiologic injection therapies, all of which may be used as stand-alone nonsurgical treatments or for enhancing postsurgical outcomes.

At EmergeOrtho, all regenerative therapies are considered along with the wide range of other options, including more traditional surgical and nonsurgical treatments. A board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will carefully evaluate your condition and discuss all of the treatment options available to you, and help you determine which is best for your individual situation.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections:

In PRP therapy, a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge. As the blood is spun at a high speed, the platelets—which play a key role in healing—become concentrated. This liquid, which contains three to five times the concentration of growth factors as normal human blood, is injected around or near the injured area. Be aware that, depending on the area being treated, nature of the injury, and the patient’s response to the therapy, your physician may recommend a single injection or a series of injections. Your physician may also use ultrasound or X-ray to guide injection placement.

Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Stem Cell Therapy:

Similar to PRP as described above, bone marrow concentrate uses the body’s own cells to stimulate healing, promote strength, offer pain relief and improve overall function. In BMC therapy, a suctioned syringe attached to a long needle extracts bone marrow from the posterior aspect of the hip. The collected sample is transferred through a filter, and then placed in a centrifuge. Spinning at a high speed separates the platelets and the stem cells from the bone marrow sample. This concentrate is then injected into the injured area.

Lipogems Adipose (fat) Transfer:

In this groundbreaking procedure, a few tablespoons of fat tissue are harvested from your abdomen, side or thigh. This adipose tissue is then processed using special equipment that activates the cells. The processed concentrate is then injected into the injured area of the body, naturally enhancing healing.

All orthobilogic injections are outpatient procedures, performed in several of our office locations. In some cases, the physician may utilize x-ray or ultrasound imaging to guide the injections.  

To date, most insurance companies do not cover orthobiologics treatments. We advise you to check with your carrier, and encourage you to discuss the costs of these advanced treatments with our staff.  

Schedule An Appointment: To learn if you might be a candidate for PRP Therapy, Bone Marrow Concentrate or Lipogems, please contact our office at 910-332-3800 ext. 1540 to see if orthobiologic injection treatment is right for you. 

Orthobiologic Reference and Resources

Platelet rich plasma (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00648)

Bone marrow aspirate in foot and ankle surgery (http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/treatments/Pages/Bone-Marrow-Aspirate-Co...)

Lipogems (http://www.understandlipogems.com). 

From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/helping-fractures-heal-orthobiologics/)


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