Every time we have someone visit our Colorado office or one of our network affiliates, they leave dumbfounded about how different Regenexx is from everything else out there. A physician we recently trained commented that when I compare Regenexx to the bedside centrifuges that other doctors use, I often say that what they have is a 10-speed bike compared to the Ferrari we use. His comment, after using a bedside system for years, was that what we use is a spaceship compared to that 10-speed bike. So the above video series will give you some sense of those differences in a hip labrum stem cell procedure.
The labrum is the lip around the socket that the ball of the femur fits into to form the hip joint. It helps stabilize the joint, and it can be traumatically torn, or more commonly, it develops tears over time due to aging. Surgeons have been aggressively operating on this structure for the last decade or so. However, there are some problems and side effects with hip labrum surgery:
If you have hip pain that’s due to a labrum tear and you want to try stem cell treatment, here are the types of clinics you’ll encounter:
Check out Dr. Bashir in the video above. Note that he’s using two different imaging technologies in this hip labrum stem cell procedure. One is ultrasound, which you have to be an expert in to accurately inject the hip labrum. However, he’s confirming those findings on fluoroscopy with contrast to make sure that the stem cells get to the exact right spot. He’s also using multiple different types of platelet and stem cell injections based on the tissue he’s injecting—the labrum or the hip joint itself.
The upshot? What we do at Regenexx is advanced interventional orthopedics. Your orthopedic surgeon can’t do this using a tiny 25-gauge or 22-gauge needle under guidance; he or she has to rip apart tissue with a scope to get the cells where they need to go. If you want to see what that can do, check out these patients who were left with gaping holes in the tissue where the hip scope was placed. The guy down the street who does some simple ultrasound injections also can’t do this, as this is an advanced skill. Again, as the doctor we trained told us, the difference between the 10-speed bike and the spaceship!
About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…