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Stem Cell Therapy for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip

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Overview

This minimially-invasive procedure is used to treat avascular necrosis of the hip (the death of bone tissue from lack of blood) with an injection of stem cells drawn from the patient’s pelvis. The stem cells promote the natural healing of the necrotic bone tissue.

Collecting the Stem Cells

The patient is anesthetized, and a trocar and needle are inserted into the top of the pelvis. A sample of bone marrow is drawn through the needle. The bone marrow is placed into a centrifuge, where it is spun rapidly. The spinning process helps to concentrate stem cells contained in the bone marrow. This concentrated bone marrow is then drawn into a syringe.

Preparing the Femur

A small incision is made on the side of the hip. A guidewire is precisely guided into the head of the femur with the help of fluoroscopic x-ray visualization. A hollow, cannulated drill is then used to create a hole in the femur.

Injecting Stem Cells

The drill is removed, cleared of any debris, and then reinserted into the head of the femur. The guide wire is removed. The syringe containing the concentrated bone marrow is attached to the cannulated drill and the concentrated bone marrow is slowly injected into the hollowed femoral space. Stem cells will multiply, repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. The syringe and drill are removed.

End of Procedure and Aftercare

Patients will need to stay overnight in the hospital. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, particularly high-impact activities, for six months. Regular check-ups will be needed to monitor healing.

 

 

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Overview

If you have injured your knee, or if normal wear and tear has caused degeneration of your joint, stem cell therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help repair knee damage. It may help you avoid surgery.

Collecting the Stem Cells

Stem cell therapy takes advantage of the special healing quality of stem cells. These cells can help repair damage to joints and to other tissues in the body. Stem cells are found in your bone marrow. Your doctor can use a special needle to take a small amount of marrow from your hip bone.

Injection

The doctor injects the stem cells into your knee. The injection triggers your body's healing response. The stem cells multiply. They help rebuild soft tissue tears. They can help restore damage caused by arthritis.

Conclusion

After the procedure, you can go home. Your doctor will ask you to come back to the office several times to monitor the healing process.

 

 

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Overview

If you have shoulder pain, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your shoulder feel better and work better.

Creating the Mix

The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet rich plasma."

Injection

The doctor injects this into your damaged tissues. Your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.

Conclusion

After the injection, you can go home. You may need to come back for more injections as you heal.

 

 

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Overview

Spinal discs allow your spine to bend and twist. These flexible shock absorbers can be damaged by injury, disease, or the added stress that can result from a spinal fusion. But stem cell therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help repair disc damage. It can slow disc degeneration. It may help you avoid surgery.

Collecting the Stem Cells

Stem cell therapy takes advantage of the special healing quality of stem cells. These cells can help repair damage to discs and other tissues in the body. Stem cells are found in your bone marrow. Your doctor can use a special needle to take a small amount of marrow from your hip bone.

Injection

The doctor injects this mixture into your damaged disc. The injection triggers your body's healing response. The stem cells multiply. They help rebuild tears and restore damaged parts of your disc.

Conclusion

After the procedure, you can go home. Your doctor will ask you to come back to the office several times to monitor the healing process.

 

 

 

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Overview

If you have whiplash, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your neck feel better and work better.

Creating the Mix

The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet rich plasma."

Injection

The doctor injects this into your damaged tissues. Your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.

Conclusion

After the injection, you can go home. You may need to come back for more injections as you heal.

 

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Overview

If you have pain in your Achilles tendon, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your ankle feel better and work better.

Creating the Mix

The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet rich plasma."

Injection

The doctor injects this into your damaged tissues. Your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.

Conclusion

After the injection, you can go home. You may need to come back for more injections as you heal.

 

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Overview

If you have pain in your foot from plantar fasciitis, platelet rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your foot feel better and work better.

Creating the Mix

The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet rich plasma."

Injection

The doctor injects this into your damaged tissues. Your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.

Conclusion

After the injection, you can go home. You may need to come back for more injections as you heal.

Overview

If you have back pain, platelet-rich plasma therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your back feel better and work better.

Creating the Mix

The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called "platelet-rich plasma."

Injection

The doctor injects this into your damaged tissues. Your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called "macrophages" rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.

Conclusion

After the injection, you can go home. You may need to come back for more injections as you heal.

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Jackson Neurosurgery  Clinic’s Dr. Adam Lewis recently completed a transcontinental medical missionary trip with Onbelay Medical to the central African nation of Uganda in which he brought world-class expertise in neurosurgical skill and training to a region with limited resources and desperate need.

A team of On-Belay employees and surgeons traveled to Kampala, Uganda to partner with local surgeons at Mulago Hospital, African Renewal Ministries and Wentz Medical Clinic to perform over 25 desperately needed complex spine and orthopedic surgeries.

Over the course of 10 months, On-Belay Medical worked with many of the company’s suppliers to gather donations of spine implants and instrumentation.  These valuable supplies are scarcely available in Uganda. The equipment and supplies were transported on a container ship in April to prepare for the team’s arrival.

The week was spent collaborating, teaching and performing surgeries that uncommon in Uganda because of the limitation of the facilities and necessary resources. The long-term goal of both teams is to develop an on-going partnership between On-Belay Medical and the healthcare professionals in Uganda.

The resources and facilities were far from what he was accustomed to in state-of-the-art American operating suites.  However, he along with the rest of the team of American and Ugandan surgeons, medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers were able to evaluate and bring life-saving help to many citizens of Uganda as well as international refugees fleeing war-torn South Sudan.

 

Here is a photo of the entire team outside of the healthcare facility.

 This is the hospital where patients were brought for evaluation, surgical treatment, and recovery.

Makeshift Clinic in Refugee Camp

Interior of a Ugandan Ambulance

Although the facilities and equipment were much more rudimentary than we are used to hearing the United States, the team of medical missionaries and dedicated Ugandan health professionals were able to bring a level of care that was able to change and save lives.

 Dr. Adam Lewis consulting and teaching Ugandan surgeons and medical doctors regarding one of the neurosurgical cases.

Dr. Adam Lewis Preparing to evaluate an incoming patient.

Dr. Adam Lewis reviewing spinal images with the medical team to plan the best surgical solution for one of the patients.

Note from a team member reporting good news of a refugee patient that was recovering well following Dr. Adam Lewis providing needed equipment and surgical skill to accomplish a brain surgery saving the man's life.