Regenerative Medicine FAQs
- WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative Medicine is a form of tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the “process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the innate response to heal and defend. Harnessing and enhancing the body’s own regenerative powers is a medical practice at the frontier of present-day advancements whose properties may seem miraculous to those who benefit from them. The miracle, however, is the result of scientific exploration that has begun to unlock and utilize the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and restore itself.
- HOW DOES REGENERATIVE MEDICINE WORK?
Cells are the building blocks of tissue, and tissues are the basic unit of function in the body. Generally, groups of cells make and secrete their own support structures, called extracellular matrix. This matrix, or scaffold, does more than just support the cells; it also acts as a relay station for various signaling molecules. Thus, cells receive messages from many sources that become available from the local environment. Each signal can start a chain of responses that determine what happens to the cell. Through medical technology we can now understand how individual cells respond to signals, interact with their environment and organize themselves into a healing process. Scaffolds are created utilizing various Regenerative Medicine therapies allowing for the tissue “ self-assemble”.
- WHAT CAN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE BE USED FOR?
Regenerative medicine can be used for a multitude of conditions including, but not limited to pain management, sports injuries, spinal conditions, podiatry, tendon tears, ligament injuries, cartilage damage, reducing inflammation, the list goes on and on.
- HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THERAPY WORKS BEST FOR ME?
Based on your condition or injury your physician will customize a treatment plan for you and determine what therapy, or combination of therapies, will work best for you.
- WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PAINFUL?
In most cases, the therapy involves a simple procedure and is minimally invasive. Due to this, the procedure takes very little time and leads to minimal discomfort.
- WHAT IS MY RECOVERY TIME?
Most patients experience little, if any, recovery time from the procedures. You will be provided with pre and post-care instructions based on your specific condition and treatment.
- WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAY FOR MY REGENERATIVE MEDICINE TREATMENTS?
Insurance coverages vary by state but in most cases no, regenerative medicine treatment is not covered. We can provide you with an itemized statement so you may personally file a claim to your insurance provider.
- WHAT IS THE COST OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE TREATMENT?
The cost for regenerative medicine therapy is based on the procedure and type of product needed. Our staff will sit down with you prior to your procedure and explain the cost as well as finance options if required.
- HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Every condition and treatment is different. We take our patients through our advanced assessment so we can carefully determine the right treatment plan for you. Many patients are experiencing major relief from Regenerative Therapy after only ONE treatment!