70% of ACL tears can be healed without surgery
At Regenexx our goal is to save your ACL, not replace it. Regenexx invented and developed a procedure called the perc-ACLR which stands for percutaneous ACL repair procedure for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear. Skip the ACL surgery and repair your ACL through your body’s natural healing agents.
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How Does the Perc-ACLR Procedure Work?
The procedure occurs over the course of a week, although each patient and their ACL injury varies. On the first day the pre-injection occurs. This is a special hypertonic dextrose solution that creates a mild inflammatory environment that is conducive to healing. This visit usually lasts between 30 to 40 minutes.
The second day is the stem-cell procedure. After a local anesthetic is applied, the physician will draw bone marrow from the back of your iliac crest using precise image guidance. Drawing from both hip bones usually takes 30 to 60 minutes and is significantly less invasive than a bone marrow biopsy.
Once the marrow is drawn and processed by a Regenexx lab technician, you will have time to relax before the re-injection of the harvested stem cells into your ACL. The re-injection happens between three to eight hours after drawing the bone marrow. Again, local anesthesia is used before the re-injection takes place, using real-time imaging guidance which in this case is fluoroscopy. Patients may be asked to stay in the clinic 30 to 60 minutes after re-injection.
The last day includes a blood draw and post-injection of Regenexx’s proprietary platelet-rich plasma concentrations. This procedure takes between 20 to 30 minutes.
What does a torn ACL recovery time look like after the outpatient procedure? During the first 24 hours, you should limit your joint activity/range of motion and wear the recommended boot or knee brace.
Your joint will be sore for one to three days, but as most patients note, they see improvement to their ACL within the first month. Pain will become less severe and frequent and within five to seven days, patients can resume light activities and begin physical therapy.
Six to eight weeks later, patients can begin to resume more vigorous exercises and regular routines and will continue to see ACL improvement and healing month after month. We should see maximum ligament repair and tightening in younger patients at 3-6 months and in older patients up to 9-months.
However, results vary by patient and depend on the condition of the area treated, age, and general health of the patient.
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Did you know that Regenexx was the first to use stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries? In fact, Regenexx has developed many of the processing and treatment techniques in use today and has published roughly half of all research worldwide on the use of mesenchymal stem cells for treatment of orthopedic injuries.
Our approach is rooted in our research and is constantly being refined and developed as we continue to lead the way in finding better methods for harnessing your body’s own healing agents to repair damaged tissue. Our proprietary, evidence-based protocols lead to unparalleled results.