Jesus Villa and Rico, Head of the Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology Service at Ruber Juan Bravo.
the hospital complex Ruber Juan Bravo launches program for regenerative medicine with stem cells for the treatment of pathology of joints and tendons. as emphasized Jesus Villa and RicoHead of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, treatment with growth factors and stem cells is applied to stop the progression of osteoarthritisespecially in large bearing joints such as the knee or hip joint.
In addition, they also promote cartilage restoration and reduce the characteristic symptoms of osteoarthritis: synovial inflammation, effusion, deformity, pain, loss of movement, etc. Also applies to injuries to bones, tendons and muscles to reduce your recovery time.
Treatment with growth factors
The treatment is performed according to a doctor’s prescription, in a sterile environment and locoregional anesthesia. The improvement of symptoms, ie reduce pain and inflammation is the main benefit as well no side effects nor the risk of rejection or intolerance, as it comes from the patient’s own blood. With tendon and muscle injuries, healing is much faster. This treatment is contraindicated only in local infection, neoplastic processes and some blood diseases.
For its application, blood is first taken from the patient, after which the part of the plasma rich in growth factors is processed and infiltrated into the area to be treated. The process that can last between 25 and 40 minutesis performed in a sterile environment.
Regarding the number of infiltrations in joint pathology, which is the most common, three sessions for three consecutive weeks, with a six-month withdrawal session or one year if development is favorable. For other pathologies, the protocol may be different, but there is no recovery period after infiltration, so that the patient can lead a normal daily life from the first moment.
growth factors produce biological effects such as cell proliferation and differentiation, generating blood vessels and migrating cells to places where regeneration is needed. No exogenous agent can effectively mediate all these processes.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cell infiltration is a alternative to reconstructive surgery in cases of chronic tendinopathy, acute tendon ruptures, chronic tendon and ligament ruptures and osteonecrosis. In ligament surgeries, such as the anterior cruciate ligament, they have also received outstanding results. In the case of muscle injuries, more important than reducing recovery time is that the use of factor-rich plasma allows recovery without the formation of fibrous tissue.
It is also used in the adjuvant treatment of osteochondral injuries in order to support the regenerative process of fibrocartilage, as well as in pathology of the patellar tendons, acute or chronic tendinitis and ligament injuries.
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