When is the Best Time for a Stem Cell Procedure

When is the Best Time for a Stem Cell Procedure?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Other, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain

There is not necessarily a perfect time to undergo a stem cell procedure for the repair of arthritis and injury, but treating the damage as early as possible provides the best opportunity for positive results. The long-term outcomes from regenerative procedures may dramatically improve as we treat patients earlier into the degenerative process.

That said, we are also having excellent outcomes from patients who waited to choose a stem cell procedure until they were ready to undergo a total joint replacement.

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Are You a Good Candidate for a Stem Cell Procedure?

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to have your MRI or x-ray imaging reviewed by thriveMD.
Many patients will hold off undergoing any type of surgical procedure until the pain becomes a persistent issue. By doing so, the damage worsens and may even reach a point that precludes utilizing a stem cell procedure rather than an invasive surgery. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to have your MRI or x-ray imaging reviewed by thriveMD.

Why Is Earlier Treatment More Effective?

I have seen a dramatic improvement in stem cell patients with a significant disease, but the most consistent results we see are in patients that opt for treatment early. Feel free to learn more about therapy outcomes from our joint pain reviews or back pain reviews. Making the decision to move forward with a stem cell procedure is often based on pain levels, but the knowledge that there is a minimally invasive option for treatment has many patients opting for treatment earlier. This opens the door to delivering cells to areas of damage while the tissue is in a much better condition to be receptive to regeneration.

The wear and tear from the arthritic process thins the protective cartilage lining the joint space or spinal disc segment. In addition, persistent inflammation can increase the rate of destruction to the joint. Protecting the joint surfaces and disc segments, reducing inflammation and slowing the arthritic process are mechanisms by which stem cells can protect and repair cartilage. What we are seeing in the professional athletic world, is that athletes that depend on their physical health for their livelihood are turning to regenerative treatments in the earliest phases of injury.

The Basics of a Successful Stem Cell Procedure

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in an outpatient setting and does not require a general anesthetic. In order to maximize the number of cells and growth factors available for treatment, a combination of fat derived stem cells and bone marrow are harvested and prepared for the procedure.

To assure that the cells are placed perfectly in the damaged joint or disc, live x-ray guidance is used during the injection. The combination of excellent tissue harvest and cell preparation, combined with optimal image-guided injections, dramatically improves outcomes. Having a skilled and experienced physician performing your procedure, provides the best chance for a successful outcome.

Factors You Do Not Need to Consider When Timing a Stem Cell Procedure

In comparison to surgery, there are a few factors that patients do not need to consider when timing a stem cell procedure. To exemplify, stem cells do not require:

  • recovering from full anesthesia
  • taking heavy pain killers
  • thoroughly resting the treated body part
  • missing work days
  • performing intensive physical therapy regimens

Patients who undergo surgery are required to set time aside for these factors to ensure a full and healthy recovery; however, with a stem cell procedure, these are requirements that patients do not need to worry about. A stem cell therapy procedure only requires local anesthesia, minimal downtime and patients tend to resume their daily activities and return to work within a couple of days.

Factors to Consider When Timing a Stem Cell Procedure

There are also factors that patients do need to consider when timing a stem cell procedure in comparison to surgery.

One, stem cell procedures are more cost effective, but they are not covered by insurance.

Two, imaging (MRI or x-ray) of the damaged or injured body part needs to be ready before the first appointment in order to help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.

Having a skilled and experienced physician performing your procedure provides the best chance for a successful outcome.
Dr Scott Brandt harvesting stem cells

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
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