Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Artamonov and MJA Healthcare Network are pleased to announce a new, cutting edge procedure we are offering to our patients, Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy. This revolutionary regenerative therapy procedure is an all-natural alternative to surgical intervention.
Using a special device called Marrow Cellution, MJA Healthcare is able to quickly and safely obtain a high quantity of valuable stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. The stem cells can then be re-administered to the patient, and can be used to prevent, alleviate, or treat a number of injuries and issues.
PRP Therapy uses components of a person’s own blood cells to formulate a customized concoction that stimulates the natural healing process in many orthopedic conditions. Stem cells, extracted from bone marrow or body fat, may also be used in conjunction with PRP therapy to catalyze the effect.
A “fat graft” (adipose sample procured from a mini liposuction) is an excellent source of stem cells, which, when blended with the PRP to stimulate the stem cells to maturation, can often reverse osteoarthritis. The stem cells live much longer than the platelets and therefore may be “boosted” after about a month, increasing the effect of stem cell grafting without having to harvest them again.
The goal of PRP Therapy with stem cells is to resolve pain through real healing. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as healing progresses.
Studies have shown PRP therapy to be frequently effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal activities. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery may be reduced by treating injured tissue before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) can be directly obtained from bones such as the iliac crest(hip). Bone marrow houses stem cells which can form new cells such as bone, cartilage and muscle.
Once your bone marrow is obtained, your own stem cells are then injected into tendons and ligaments all over your body. Degenerative disc disease, low back pain, sports injuries, arthritic joints and even more speciﬁc injuries including ACL and rotator cuﬀ tears all can be treated using BMA injections.
Studies have shown that cortisone injections may actually weaken tissue. Cortisone shots may provide temporary pain relief but do not provide long term healing. Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy heals and strengthens these tendons and ligaments.
Most patients notice some level of improvement within 2-6 weeks or sooner. You can expect a decrease in pain and an increase in strength and stability. Most patients require only a single injection of BMA.
To collect the BMA, a special needle is used, which is able to collect a high concentration of stem cells from your marrow.
Stem cell injections may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments, such as long term medication or surgery, and can facilitate a return to function in patients. If you have an injury and traditional methods have not provided relief then BMA therapy may be the solution.
No. Despite several publications and peer reviewed journals showing the eﬃcacy of BMA, it is not covered by insurance at this time.
Click on the links below for more information
Dr. Purita Paper – Updated
Updated Paper, titled “Novel Technology to Increase Concentrations of Stem and Progrenitor Cell in Marrow Aspiration”.
An edited podium presentation of Dr. Michael Scarpone, presenting the findings by him and Daniel Kuebler, PhD, on using the Marrow Cellution™ device without centrifugation.
Download the presentation, which compares the data from using the Marrow Cellution™ to other techniques, including centrifugation.