Stem cells are basic human cells that have the potential to create new cells in existing healthy tissue and have an important role in helping heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones. Stem cell therapy allows the treating physician to deliver a high concentration of stem cells directly in a damaged area.

The science and use of stem cell treatment continues to evolve and change, but the future for this biologic therapy looks promising.

Stem cell treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure. Dr. Getelman uses this technique for revision or complex surgical patients and performs stem cell therapy by extracting stem cells from the bone marrow in a patient’s pelvis. The harvested stem cells are then injected directly into the injured area to facilitate healing.

Stem cell therapy is also used at The Southern California Orthopedic Institute in a unique way during rotator cuff repair surgery. Dr. Getelman always includes the activation of a “Crimson Duvet” in their “SCOI Row” for rotator cuff tendon repairs. The Crimson Duvet is a rich, healing bone marrow augmentation that contains growth factors, new blood supply and stem cells. This technique is proven to give new circulation and helps heal rotator cuff tears. You can learn more about Crimson Duvet here.

It is important to note stem cell therapy risks are extremely low since a patient’s own stem cells are used in the damaged area. Stem cell treatment is not ideal for all patients. At a patient’s consultation, Dr. Getelman will discuss the indications, potential benefits and risks of any stem cell therapy, as well as determine if the patient’s injury can be treated with this regenerative medicine technique.

For more information on stem cell therapy, or for additional information on the Crimson Duvet stem cell treatment, please contact Dr. Mark Getelman, orthopedic specialist in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area.