Stem Cell Treatment Overview
Regenerative medicine physicians at Minnesota Regenerative Medicine are among only a few in the region to offer stem cell treatments to relieve pain, promote functional improvement, and regenerate tissue for degenerative skin, soft tissue, and musculoskeletal conditions. Stem cell treatments at Minnesota Regenerative Medicine involve the use of stem cells and stromal vascular fraction (SVF) derived from the patient’s bone marrow or fat tissue. SVF contains a population of cells including mesenchymal stem cells, stromal cells, progenitor cells, endothelial cells, macrophages, lymphocytes, and pericytes.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the capacity to differentiate into mesenchymal tissues such as muscle, fat, cartilage, bone, and tendon. For these reasons, stem cell treatments at MRM focus exclusively on regeneration of tissues of mesenchymal origin. The mitotic division and cellular differentiation capacity of a mesenchymal stem cell renders it an ideal candidate to promote natural healing and tissue regeneration in skin, soft tissue, and musculoskeletal tissue.
Not all prospective patients are suitable candidates for a stem cell treatment. See the list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to determine what makes someone a suitable candidate.
Stem cell therapy is currently being used to treat the following degenerative musculoskeletal, skin, and soft tissue conditions:
- Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD)
- Chronic tendinitis or tendinosis (tendon inflammation or degeneration)
- Painful conditions involving an avascular necrosis of bone or a non-healing fracture
- Partially torn tendon
- Partially torn ligament or significant sprain
- Shoulder labrum tear, painful rotator cuff, or frozen shoulder
- Painful knee meniscus injury
- Degenerative skin condition involving aging skin, a chronic wound, a scar, hair loss or thinning or balding, or a skin area of subcutaneous dimpling or fat loss
- Male Erectile dysfunction
- Abnormal penis curvature
- Painful erections or painful intercourse
- Penile conditions with girth or length decrease
- Peyronie’s disease
During collection of stem cells, surgeons use bone marrow harvesting or tumescent liposuction to obtain bone marrow or fat tissue, respectively, from the patient. Both bone marrow and fat tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells imbedded within its stromal vascular fraction (SVF), along with a host of other regenerative cells. These collected stem cells and SVF are responsible for regenerating and rebuilding injured or degenerative tissues within the body. Once isolated, these mesenchymal stem cells are injected into the patient’s damaged skin or soft tissue or musculoskeletal tissue using real-time imaging such as fluoroscopy and ultrasonography, if necessary, to ensure proper placement.
Because stem cell treatment and SVF at MRM uses the patient’s own regenerative cells derived from bone marrow or fat, there is no chance of rejection or allergic reaction.
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a regenerative medicine treatment plan specific to their degenerative condition.