Dr. Tadje is experienced in stem cell and PRP treatments. We welcome your visit to see if this therapy is right for you.
Stem cells are one of the basic cells in the body. They are undifferentiated, meaning that they have not turned into a particular kind of tissue yet. They are “undecided.” What makes these cells exciting is that they can become virtually any tissue in the body. These cells are more abundant in fetuses and in young children, but they do exist in adults. They are found in bone marrow, fat, and in many other tissues. Many clinics are offering “stem cells” from an amniotic source. Early research suggests that amniotic tissue actually has a low number of stem cells. In our clinic, we withdraw your own bone marrow and isolate the stem cells for this procedure. If patients prefer, we can alternatively use an amniotic source. We have have started to use stem cells in areas of tissue injury or inflammation, including arthritis. While there remains much work to be done, early results are promising. The use of stem cells is becoming more common, but unfortunately insurance does not pay for treatment. While it can be expensive, the early results are very exciting. We welcome your visit to see if stem cell therapy is right for you.
PRP has been around for a few decades, but it has recently had an increase in popularity, partly due to its use by professional athletes. Platelets are cells in the blood that are involved in clotting. When they are exposed to an injury or removed from the body, they become “activated,” and they release chemicals that help with healing. So far, over 30 proteins have been identified in this process. PRP is obtained by drawing blood, then placing it in a centrifuge for a few minutes. The platelets are then separated from the rest of the blood and injected into the area of concern. PRP is being used for a variety of conditions in orthopedics, including tendonitis, arthritis, fracture healing, tendon healing, and many others. The use of PRP is widespread, but unfortunately insurance does not pay for treatment. While it can be expensive, the early results are very exciting. We welcome your visit to see if PRP is right for you.