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Is stem cell therapy a safe alternative to elbow surgery?

Overview

 Tennis elbow is a physically agonizing elbow condition arise when the joining tissues of the forearm muscles to the elbow gets inflamed because of excessive use of the elbow. Tennis elbow is a frequently reported elbow joint injury among the athletes specifically those who take part in racquet sports such as tennis, however, other intense movements can also bring several risks of painful elbow

Several cases of tennis elbow are treated well with physical therapy and NSAIDs. Though the painkiller drugs and physical therapy don’t produce the desired outcome, surgery is opted to cut off the inflamed tissue from the tendons or to repair the torn tendons of the elbow

Surgery for tennis elbow or injured elbow condition is not the best solution always as the recovery is as long as 3 to 6 months and  for many patients it brings several consequences including

  • Decreased mobility and range of motion in the elbow
  • Weakness in the forearm

In most cases, patients are usually advised to immediately stop the activity that cause elbow injury or pain, there are several alternatives to elbow surgery, however, the most fruitful is the stem cell therapy for patients experiencing elbow injuries from overuse of the elbow. The stem cell therapy serves the most rapid recovery without allowing the patients to discontinue their routinely activities

How stem  cell serves as an alternative to elbow surgery?

Stem cell therapy for elbow injuries, specifically the tennis elbow is an outpatient procedure and takes only a couple of hours to be completed. The process is carried with the harvesting of the stem cells from blood, fat tissues, or bone marrow. The stem cells have the ability to modify themselves into the type of cells required at the site of injury, such as muscles, tissues, tendons or cartilages to facilitate healing

After being harvested the stem cells are blended with the growth factors, including human growth hormones such as HGH to produce a higher combination of stem cells that are directly infused to the patient’s elbow with the guidance of an ultrasound. The injected stem cells quickly begin the natural healing process of repairing the torn tendons

When to expect the results?

Soon after being injected with the stem cell starts the healing process spontaneously, however the complete results will not be seen immediately. The patients will experience reduction in pain within a period of 3 to 4 weeks, and as the stem cells continue to repair the joints more relief from pain will be experienced by the patients

As an alternative to elbow surgery stem cell works wonders for injuries such as tennis elbow only a single dose of stem cell injection helps relieves pain and inflammation

For most patients, a single stem cell injection is all that is needed to heal their tennis elbow. For patients with severe damage, a second stem cell injection may be necessary after a month from the first injection. The number of stem cell injections will be determined after our orthopedic surgeons examine a patient’s elbow.

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