Ask the Experts
Knee pain. Hip pain. Shoulder pain. Back pain.
You want to stop suffering from these chronic conditions and we can help. At The Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we offer cutting-edge, minimally invasive and proprietary cell-based treatments that have been shown to help patients in reducing or eliminating chronic pain all over the body.
How it Works in Four Steps:
- As part of a cell-based treatment, regenerative cells can be collected from bone marrow, fat tissue, and blood with minimal discomfort.
- These cells can then be processed in a state of the art laboratory utilizing the latest technology and photobiomodulation.
- Finally, after processing, the regenerative cells can be injected where they are needed – such as an inflamed hip or knee joint.
- Over time, the cells can potentially repair and regenerate the damaged tissues, resulting in relief of pain and improvement in mobility and function.
Our Regenerative Medicine Treatments:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
PRP treatments are simple and powerful; we take platelets and growth factors from a patient’s own blood and expose them to photobiomodulation to create a super serum. This serum is then injected directly into the damaged area of the patient to promote healing.
MiniStem is a next-level treatment that combines the powerful photobiomodulation-activated growth factors of PRP with the patient’s adipose (fat) tissue for cushioning and support of the joint. The area is then treated with red laser energy and extracorporeal shock wave therapy for intense healing effects.
MaxxStem is the most comprehensive of our orthopedic treatments, combining PRP, adipose tissue for cushioning, and regenerative cells from bone marrow, along with the patient’s own growth factors activated by photobiomodulation. This super potent combination is then injected into the patient for a maximum healing effect.
What Are The Potential Benefits of Regenerative Cell Procedures?
Relief of chronic pain
- Regenerative cell procedures can provide relief of chronic pain by potentially healing damaged tissue, building new tissue, reducing inflammation and preventing scar tissue from forming in the injured area.
- Compared to traditional surgeries, regenerative cell procedures are extremely low risk, as the patients’ own cells are used to heal the injured areas. There is also no need for general anesthesia to be used, so all of the risks associated with that are removed.
- Cell-based orthopedic treatments can potentially help patients avoid invasive and intense surgeries such as joint replacements.
- Patients are able to avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful rehabilitation that typically follow invasive surgeries. This is an especially important factor for athletes of all levels. Regenerative Medicine patients are encouraged to move around as much as they comfortably can following the procedure and start physical therapy just a couple of days afterward.
- Healing continues for weeks and months after the procedure as the regenerative cells work to repair the damaged areas and improve the health of the tissues and bone.
The Science of Regenerative Cell Procedures
As part of a cell-based treatment, regenerative cells can be collected from bone marrow, fat tissue, and blood with minimal discomfort. These cells can then be processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory utilizing the latest technology.
Finally, the regenerative cells, in combination with the patient’s own natural growth factors activated by photobiomodulation, can be injected where they are needed – such as an inflamed hip or knee joint. From the time of injection over the course of the following 2 to 12 months, the cells can potentially repair and regenerate the damaged tissues, resulting in relief of pain and improvement in mobility and function.
Are there any contraindications to having a regenerative medicine procedure?
No, however, while there are no contraindications to regenerative cell orthopedic procedures, not everyone is a candidate based on their condition. We encourage anyone who is interested to give our office a call and speak with a qualified member of our team and set up a consultation with Dr. Purita.
Will the bone marrow and fat extraction portion of the procedure hurt?
The area of each extraction is numbed with local anesthesia ahead of time to minimize any pain that may be felt. Most patients describe both extractions as “uncomfortable” or “odd feeling” but not painful.
Will regenerative cells regenerate the worn out cartilage?
While there are no guarantees, regenerative cells work by repairing damaged tissue and in some cases can aid in regrowing new tissue including cartilage. We recommend consulting with the doctor about your specific case to determine if he thinks it may help.
Will the regenerative cells heal the tear (labral, meniscus, etc)?
There are no guarantees, but we have seen many patients come in with diagnosed tears come back after regenerative cell procedures with no visible tear in their MRI and/or severely reduced pain.
How long will it take to feel better after my regenerative medicine procedure where I am no longer in pain?
Recovery time for regenerative medicine procedures are different for everyone, varying anywhere from one week to twelve months post procedure. The most common turnaround time for patients to feel a difference is about 3 months.
How does the regenerative medicine procedure work to improve my condition?
Regenerative cells work to repair and potentially heal damaged tissue, build new tissue, reduce inflammation and prevent scar tissue from forming in the injured area. Depending on your condition, regenerative cells can work to heal an injury, reduce the effects of osteoarthritis, or reduce chronic pain.
Do I need to take the supplements after and for how long?
We recommend taking the supplements that we give you for at least a month to ensure healing effects. For maximum results we recommend patients take the supplements for 6 months post procedure.
Must I do physical therapy afterwards?
We HIGHLY recommend all patients do physical therapy post regenerative cell procedure to ensure maximal healing effects.
Are there any restrictions after the procedure?
If you get an adipose (fat) and/or bone marrow extraction we recommend you do not go in a pool, jacuzzi or bath for 4 days following the procedure as you will have a small, bandaged incision. Other than that there are no restrictions post procedure.
How much pain will I be in afterwards?
Pain level varies for everyone. The most pain will be the night of the procedure, as the numbing agent wears off, as well as the next 2-3 days. We recommend patients plan to be in a comfortable environment and not do anything too strenuous for a few days following the procedure.
Can I take NSAIDS and/or Tylenol afterwards?
Yes, you can take either NSAIDS or Tylenol afterwards to help with the pain.
How many visits will I have after the initial treatment?
If you are getting a MaxxStem procedure, we typically recommend you come back for two follow up PRP treatments to maximize healing effects. Beyond this, we recommend coming in for follow up consultations based on your condition. Your patient coordinator will follow up with you to book accordingly.
What will be done on the follow up visits?
The doctor will examine the treated area and depending on the examination results, recommend any follow up treatments the patient may benefit from.
Are there any restrictions pre or post treatment such as taking NSAIDs or drinking alcohol?
We recommend if you are taking an NSAID to not drink alcohol the same day. While not forbidden for weeks afterward, alcohol is not recommended while in a state of healing.
Will I be able to drive myself afterwards?
We highly recommend that patients do not drive home if they do a bilateral MiniStem or bilateral MaxxStem. If the patient does choose to drive home, they will simply be asked to sign a release of liability form.
What Patients Have To Say
I tore my labrum pitching in college and due to the pain I hadn’t been able to sleep through the night or work out properly since. After getting a MaxxStem procedure with Dr. Purita I now have full mobility in my shoulder with no pain. Honestly, I wish I would’ve known to get this done years ago.
5 years ago I tore my meniscus and ACL lifting weights and went to see Dr. Purita for a surgery consult. He told me about his MaxxStem procedure and I was sold on using my own cells to heal my knee rather than getting an invasive surgery that came with 6 months of rehab. At 55 years old, my body feels better skiing and working out than it did at 45.
I have osteoporosis, and have been in chronic pain for years. Dr. Purita did a regenerative cell procedure in my knee in 2012 and I was skiing shortly after. Now I’m back to do my other knee and plan on having him do my hip and back in a few months. I’ve been to a few other places and can tell you that Dr. P’s method is the best and most effective.
I had a degenerated rotator cuff and the pain was so severe I could barely sleep, let alone lift weights and dive (I’m an avid scuba diver). It’s been 5 months since my procedure with Dr. Purita and I’m back in the gym lifting again and diving with ease. I give this team a 10/10, I couldn’t be happier.