Orthobiologics


What are Orthobiologics?

Orthobiologics is a form of Regenerative Medicine that involves the use of naturally occurring biologic substances, like scaffolds, cells or proteins that your physician may use to help optimize healing for injuries to bone, cartilage, tendons or ligaments. 

Orthobiologic products may be derived from an array of different sources.

If the product comes directly from the patient, it is an autograft. If the product comes from donated tissue, it is an allograft. In some cases, biologic materials may also be a combination of synthetic and biologic materials.

What are some common options of orthobiologics and which one is right for me?

Used in joint arthritis, muscle tendon injury, cartilage preservation, rotator cuff repair

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of a portion of your blood called platelets. These cells contain specialized proteins and growth factors that enhance healing and leverage the immune system in response to injury and disease.

PRP is produced by taking a small amount of your own blood during an office visit and spinning it in a centrifuge. Blood components (ex. red
blood cells, white blood cells, platelets) are separated and then injected into the location of injury or painful joint.

Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, or “BMAC,” contains some stem cells, higher concentrations of white blood cells than PRP, in addition to anti-inflammatory
enzymes and growth proteins.

BMAC can be harvested from many areas of your own body, including the hip, knee, ankle or shoulder. It is concentrated in a similar manner to PRP for the treatment of your injury.

Many individuals sustain injuries to their meniscus and joint surface cartilage. These two parts of our knee work better together and decrease stress across the joint. A loss of either will lead to an increase in the development of traumatic arthritis.

There are multiple options to replace the damaged area with any combination of autogenous (your own) or allogenic (donor) regenerative substitutes.  Fresh cartilage can be transferred from one spot to another.

Allograft articular cartilage and meniscii can be replaced at the site of injury.  Options vary between each individual. A structured plan can be developed for each individual who suffers from persistent activity-limiting pain.

Many individuals sustain injuries to their meniscus and joint surface cartilage. These two parts of our knee work better together and decrease stress across the joint. A loss of either will lead to an increase in the development of traumatic arthritis.

There are multiple options to replace the damaged area with any combination of autogenous (your own) or allogenic (donor) regenerative substitutes.  Fresh cartilage can be transferred from one spot to another.

Allograft articular cartilage and meniscii can be replaced at the site of injury.  Options vary between each individual. A structured plan can be developed for each individual who suffers from persistent activity-limiting pain.

The Lipogems process may offer patients a minimally-invasive option to surgery and may also improve post-operative healing for those patients who require surgery.  Lipogems technology works to aid in the repair, replacement, reconstruction, and support of damaged or injured tissues.  The procedure uses cutting-edge technology to process a patient’s own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as the body heals itself. Micro-fragmented fat is injected precisely into areas of the body to help support tissue in healing and repair.

In this minimally invasive procedure, your physician will make a tiny skin puncture and take a small section of fat from your midsection.  Your collected fat will be  micro-fragmented, during which your fat is washed, rinsed, and resized into smaller clusters while maintaining the natural beneficial properties of your fat.  Impurities in your fat such as blood, cell debris, and oils are removed as the desirable remainder of your fat is concentrated.Your physician then will use a small needle to inject the micro-fragmented tissue into the treatment site.  Only a local anesthesia is required and the procedure can be performed in approximately one hour. There is minimal recovery time from the Lipogems procedure.

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