First of all, the specialty of regenerative medicine focuses on the body’s natural ability to repair, replace, and regenerate damaged or aging tissues. Hence, when autologous (self-derived) biocellular treatments are performed using biocellular agents, a patient taps into their body’s ability to heal itself. Considering that each human being began as a singe cell (their mother’s fertilized egg), the potential for natural regenerative medicine within the human body has a proven lineage. Through self healing, the body is able to resolve pain and inflammation, and restore functionality.
Biocellular treatment offerings at Minnesota Regenerative Medicine (MRM) include autologous bone-marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and/or fat aspirate concentrate (FAC) treatments and/or high-density platelet-rich plasma (HD-PRP) treatments. Biocellular treatments are indicated for someone with a painful or dysfunctional, degenerative condition, that over time, has depleted or overwhelmed their body’s natural ability to heal itself. The list of conditions treated with biocellular treatments is expanding over time, highlighting the tremendous regenerative potential of cell populations contained within bone marrow, fat tissue, and whole blood.
Regenerative medicine specialists at MRM serve as mere catalysts to safely and effectively collect and isolate the patient’s natural regenerative cell populations from their bone marrow, fat tissue, or whole blood to allow repletion of these regenerative cells into degenerative locations, to prime and restore the patient’s ability to self heal. Self-healing, growth, and development is a natural process that has been regularly occurring since the day we were conceived, and will continue until the day we die.
Harvesting bone marrow aspirate from a patient’s bone marrow is performed via aspiration. The procedure involves drilling through cortical bone using a trochar needle until the marrow cavity is reached. The primary location in humans for isolating bone marrow aspirate is the hip bone or iliac crest of the pelvis. The donor site requires numbing to acquire bone marrow aspirate (BMA) which can then be concentrated further using centrifugation techniques to produce bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), which contains both structural and non-structural components of bone marrow tissue including marrow contents, blood, mesenchymal stem cells, progenitor cells, red cells and white cells.
Harvesting fat aspirate from a patient’s fat tissue is performed via lipoaspiration using tumescent liposuction techniques. The procedure involves passing liposuction cannulas through fat tissue to obtain fat aspirate. The primary locations in humans for isolating fat aspirate is the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. Fat aspirate (FA) can then be concentrated further using centrifugation techniques to produce fat aspirate concentrate (FAC), which contains both structural and non-structural components of fat tissue including fat tissue contents, fat cells, pre-adipocytes, mesenchymal stem cells, endothelial cells, pericytes, macrophages, and lymphocytes.
Bone-Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC), Fat Aspirate Concentrate (FAC), and High-Density Platelet-Rich Plasma (HD-PRP)
Regenerative medicine treatments at MRM utilize autologous biocellular agents harvested from a patient’s bone marrow, fat tissue, and whole blood during a same-day surgical procedure. Since May of 2011, our physicians have performed hundreds of autologous biocellular treatments for patients in Minnesota that suffering from an assortment of degenerative conditions. Furthermore, our regenerative medicine specialists inject the isolated BMAC, FAC, and HD-PRP into degenerative sites to help restore and repair damaged tissues involving the musculoskeletal system, soft-tissue, and skin (but never into the spine, eyes, intravenous route, or central nervous system). Finally, BMAC, FAC, and HD-PRP treatments promote pain relief in inflamed or damaged tissues including scalp, face, hands, skin, soft tissues, penis, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and joints. To determine if you are a candidate for an autologous biocellular treatment at Minnesota Regenerative Medicine (a specialty clinic of HOGUE CLINICS), please call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with one our regenerative medicine specialists.
Regenerative Medicine At MRM
Biocellular treatment offerings at MRM are intended for patients with painful or dysfunctional, degenerative conditions involving skin, soft tissues, and musculoskeletal structures, including scars, wounds, injuries, osteoarthritis, chronic tendinitis, partially torn tendons and ligaments, and avascular bone necrosis (osteonecrosis). Consequently, potential treatment areas include the the knees, shoulders, hands, wrists, elbows, hips, ankles, tendons, skin and soft tissues involving the scalp, face, body, hands, and genital areas. The most common conditions treated at MRM include musculoskeletal degenerative conditions, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, soft tissue wounds, scars, scalp hair thinning or loss, and men’s sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction, painful erections, abnormal penile curvature, and Peyronie’s disease. Finally, our physicians use advanced imaging when needed such as fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guidance to ensure accurate injection of biocellular agents into the targeted location.
At Minnesota Regenerative Medicine, we have seen patients in their 40s and 50s afflicted with osteoarthritis of their knees, shoulders, and hips. When considering that a surgical joint replacement only lasts for up to 20 years, these patients will be facing additional joint replacement surgeries during their lifetime. Regenerative medicine treatments using autologous biocellular treatments may prolong or eliminate altogether the need to have joint replacement surgery, depending on the extent and severity of the underlying osteoarthritis and the patient’s regenerative capabilities.
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a treatment plan specific to their degenerative condition.