Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

Regenerative Medicine Q&A

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine therapies are performed in our clinic as an outpatient procedure. They involve an injection of concentrated growth factors or stem cells to regenerate and heal tissues in joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments.

Dr. Haynes uses these therapies to treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to degenerative disease. Regenerative therapies involve obtaining concentrated platelets, growth factors or adult stem cells to accelerate the healing process.

What can Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma treat?

Chronic Joint pain like Osteoarthritis.  This type of arthritis is common in feet and patients will often complain of joint stiffness, throbbing, and swelling. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but regenerative medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and bone marrow derived stem cell therapy are a new generation of treatments that have been proven to be safe, effective, and have lasting results.

Where Do Platelet Rich Plasma & Stem Cells Come From?

STEM CELLS

Stem cell treatments are unique because they help the body jump start the healing process. Our practice uses a sterile, closed surgical technique to obtain the stem cells.

BONE MARROW

The bone marrow is a rich source of adult stem cells. Bone marrow aspiration is a quick and simple outpatient procedure to derive regenerative mesenchymal cells and growth factors to heal and restore injured tissues.

PLATELET RICH PLASMA

When your body is injured, its first natural response is to flood the area with growth factors that promote healing. These growth factors are released by platelets. They work to stimulate the healing process. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy optimizes the body’s healing process by placing a high concentration of platelets directly into the injured area.

To harvest PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system. This blood is centrifuged at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection, and a low risk of allergic reaction.

ALLOGRAFT TISSUE

An alternative method in receiving stem cell therapy is through allograft tissues. These tissues are collected from living healthy donors. Tissues have been shown clinically and scientifically to support soft tissue repair, reduce inflammation and minimize scar tissue formation. Tissues include a number of structural proteins, growth factors and cytokines, which promote cellular proliferation, new collagen formation and reduce inflammation.

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?

A high concentration of stem cells are found in placental tissues. These stem cells are derived from tissues acquired from living, healthy donors after full term pregnancy and a scheduled Caesarean section. These tissues are minimally processed and preserved to maintain the natural properties of the placental tissues. Stem cells taken from allograft tissues have the ability to be transferred into another human being.

Regenerative Therapy can reduce the need for major surgery, & has a quick healing process. No surgery means no hospital stay, no prolonged recovery, and regeneration happens over the next 2-6 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.

How does Stem Cell Therapy and PRP work?

1. Collection Process

Stem Cells: Aspiration of Bone Marrow or Adipose in a specialized container

Platelet Rich Plasma: A small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system

 

2. Isolation of cells or platelets


 A high concentration of cells or platelets are separated by being centrifuged at high speeds with a specialized system

 

3. Injection Process


The stem cells and PRP are then accurately injected into the injured tissue or affected site using ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance

Why choose Regenerative Therapy?Reduce the need for Major Surgery

The need for surgery can be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses. Because the goal of regenerative therapy is to heal injured tissue and not just mask the pain, it could prove to have lasting results.

  1. Quick Healing

Many professionals and athletes have undergone regenerative therapy to help them heal more rapidly from an injury and get back to full activity. Regenerative medicine procedures are ideal for individuals who face ailments such as: patellar tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon injury and want to get back to being active ASAP.

STEM CELL THERAPY

Stem Cell Therapy Procedures can treat a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tears
  • Ankle and Foot Arthritis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage Defects
  • Fractures
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendonitis


PRP THERAPY is used for a variety of conditions


  • Arthritis of the Joints
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Ligament, Cartilage, and Tendon Injuries

 

FAQ’s

Q: HOW MUCH DO REGENERATIVE TREATMENTS COST?

A: Because each patient’s treatment plan is different, the cost varies case by case. Once you’ve had a consult with one of our physicians, we’ll review your treatment plan with you.


Q: IS THIS PROCEDURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

A: These procedures are currently not covered by insurance. Although these treatments are paid out-of-pocket, you’re investing into your overall health and wellbeing. Call us today to learn more about any finance options we have available.


Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CANDIDATE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?

A: If you noticed your condition listed (see above), you’re likely a candidate for a regenerative treatment provided at our clinic. If you have any questions about your specific condition, give us a call and schedule a visit with Dr. Haynes.


Q: HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

A: Depending on which treatment you receive, the procedure time ranges from 30min. – 1hr. These are non-invasive procedures with very little downtime post treatment.


Q: HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH REGENERATIVE TREATMENT?

A: It’s as easy as giving us a call at 503.668.5210 or by requesting an appointment on our webpage.


For more information on Regenerative Medicine see our blog post here.
 

As a doctor with extensive experience with Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Haynes will find the best solution for you. Call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates today, or use the online scheduler to request a same-day appointment and see how Regenerative Medicine can help you.