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Shoulder Labrum Surgery Alternative: One Year Follow-up of a Shoulder Labrum Tear Patient Injected with Stem Cells

POSTED ON IN Latest News Ligament/tendon Regenexx-SD Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Procedure Outcomes Sports Injury BY Chris Centeno


shoulder labrum surgery alternative

About a year ago I blogged on a patient with a shoulder labrum tear who wanted to avoid surgery. She was a very active woman who enjoyed Pilates and didn’t want extensive downtime. I also highlighted how rather than sprinkling magic stem cell pixie dust somewhere in the vicinity of her shoulder, an exacting image guided injection was performed as a shoulder labrum surgery alternative. Yesterday I pointed out two new studies that show that surgery for a torn shoulder labrum isn’t all that successful. So can a stem cell injection help a patient avoid the need for shoulder labrum surgery? Here’s an outcome update from an e-mail this patient recently sent:

“Hi Doc,

It has been one year since you injected my left shoulder, and I wanted to tell you that it is awesome!  I tell people about it all the time, and they find it so hard to grasp…100% and no scars, no downtime….I am so happy with my results and just wanted to say THANKS once again.”


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    Chris Centeno

    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.…

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