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Are You Looking For An Alternative To Elbow Surgery?

A Viable Non-Surgical Solution for Elbow Condition

Going for an elbow surgery is a massive decision as it entails several risks as well as painful and enduring rehabilitation after the surgery. Most people cannot cope with the pain from the injury and surgery seems like necessary. Being unable to perform normal activities has its toll on the patient and they wish to relieve themselves from the unbearable elbow pain.

If you had a severe injury because of a bad fall or sports or exercise, surgery may appear to be the best option to return to your normal life. It is totally understandable when rest and physical therapy do not work; surgery seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel. Although, there is a viable non-surgical treatment for elbow injuries and chronic elbow pain not only you don’t need surgery but also have a great chance full recovery for your elbow condition.

Regenerative Medicine has non-invasive and non-surgical treatments to utilize the natural healing properties of the body and encourage an accelerated recovery for chronic elbow pain.

Before deciding to go for surgery, it is important to exhaust all options and Regenerative Medicine is a powerful and safe alternative to surgery. Dial 815-464-7212 now to book an appointment!

Regenerative Medicine

The body undergoes through a regenerative and degenerative process each day. With day to day use, our muscles weaken and their cells degenerate. In the regenerative process, the body makes new cells and repairs the damaged ones to make the muscles healthy again. These processes keep going on all the time throughout the body.

In case of an injury, or over-usage of a ligament, muscle or tendon, the regenerative process has to the job of healing the body while the degenerative process has done the maximum damage it can. This is the reason of constant pain from the source of injury or the weak joints and muscles.

Regenerative Medicine works by increasing the power of the regenerative process in order to speed up the recovery of the damaged muscle tissue by mending it with healthy new cells. It’s a non-invasive and non-surgical way of treatment with the help of an injection, after which the healthy tissues regrow in the affected elbow and the elbow injury gets healed quickly relieving the pain.

At our clinic office, we use a combination of two procedures of Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to speed up the recovery for your elbow condition. The two procedures are described in detail here:

Stem Cell Therapy

With the help of a small injection the Adult Stem Cells (non-controversial) are drawn from the patient’s bone marrow or fat cells, in Stem Cell therapy. Then right after being drawn out, these stem cells are injected into the affected painful elbow, where they start doing the repair work immediately. These stem cells are completely non-controversial as they are extracted from the fat cells and bone marrow of a patient rather than embryos.

The function of stem cells is very vital for the body. They have the ability to transform into any kind of cell required by the body at any given time. Suppose a hip or knee gets injured, the stem cells of that location will transform into repairing tissues for the damage in the region.

When we inject extra stem cells in an injured elbow, the regenerative process of the area quickens for the damaged tissues. The newly injected stem cells convert themselves into healthy tissues to repair and replace the degenerated tissue. With a healthy and regenerated tissue your elbow becomes pain free, mobile and flexible again. All this is possible without any surgery. Although, right now there are no guarantees for it, but Stem Cell therapy has proven to bring complete as well as partial healing for chronic conditions regarding the elbow.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is another method of Regenerative Medicine that utilizes the power of platelets in your blood that is enriched with growth factors that can speed up the elbow recovery.

The medical staff draws a sample of the patient’s blood and places it in a centrifugation system to concentrate it into dense plasma. The thick plasma is enriched with platelets. It is injected fresh into the targeted degenerated elbow area to promote the regeneration of the new tissue and mend the injury.

There are several benefits of PRP therapy as it makes use of the natural healing system of the body. Platelets are enriched with growth factors such as basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). All of these growth factors work on fast healing of the elbow.

Although PRP is a relatively new way of treatment, it has been practiced for many years now in various areas of medical sciences such as chronic injury care, orthopedics, and dentistry. PRP and its parent field Regenerative Medicine is becoming more and more popular because of its benefits and effectiveness as compared to conventional conservative treatment methods like medication, physical therapy or cortisol injections. It helps restore an injured elbow back to health removing the requirement of surgery.

Risks In Elbow Surgery Vs. Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Elbow Surgery
Blood Clots No Possible
Dislocations No Possible
Foreign Prosthetic No Yes
Fractures No Possible
Hospital Stay No 3 - 10 days
Infection Unlikely Possible
Joint Stiffening No Possible
Leg Length Change No Possible
Lost Time at Work No Yes
Prosthetic Breakdown No Yes
Recovery Back to Normal Activities
1 - 3 Days
6 Months to a Year
Slow Process
Re-Surgery No Possible - Very Likely

The Risks

Regenetative Medicine for elbow is all-natural and organic material from your own body containing no additives. Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of allergic or immune reaction. Less than 1% chance of local infection.

  • 1/100 suffer nerve damage
  • 1/200 develop blood clots that travel
  • 1/50 have damage to the ligaments
  • 1/1000 suffers damage to an artrery
  • 1/500 suffer from osteolysis, when metal or plastic fragments come loose and travel into the body
  • Possibility of blood transfusion


Most patients are back to regular activities right after the procedure. Some patients experience mild soreness in the injection area for a day or two. it is recommended to refrain from demanding physical activities for 2-3 days after procedure.

Patients can not put weight on their arm or push against resistance with their hand for 6 weeks. Intensive Physical Therapy is required to regain range of motion. Regular physical activities like heavy lifting may be restricted long term. Pain typically last from six months to a year.


Procedure is performed under Local Anesthesia avoiding all complications from General Anesthesia.

General Anesthesia can cause mental confusion, dental trauma, croup(swelling of the windpipe), allergic reactions, wheezing, vocal cord injury, vomiting, lung infection, stroke, heart attack, and death.

Life Cycle

Pain can be improved significantly and may be permanently eliminated. Initial improvements will be seen within few weeks, then gradually increasing as the healing process.

Elbow surgery longevity depends on the physical activities of the individual. It is likely that patients will have to get a second surgery.

A major cause to exhaust all options before agreeing to surgery is that surgery entails several risks. For an elbow condition, the risks of surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Osteolysis
  • Implant fracture
  • Loosening or movement of implant components
  • Injury to nerves, bone or muscles
  • Using bone cement can cause cardiovascular disorders like blood clots, lowered blood pressure, heart attack, and in rare cases, death.
  • Potential neurological allergic reactions

Regenerative Medicine is free of all surgery related risks, since the procedure requires only a very small incision to be made and no prosthesis is implemented in the process. No sutures are needed for the process, that’s why the chances of infection are less than 1%. No overnight stay or hospital visits are needed. The procedure will only take 2 to 4 hours and the patient can leave immediately after that and carry on with normal routine life within 1 to 3 days. Call 815-464-7212 now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zaki Anwar!

Recovery Time: Surgery vs. Regenerative Medicine

After a surgery, the patient can suffer from excruciating pain. The need for hospital stay can last for many days and the recovery duration can be anywhere between 3 months to 1year accompanied with a painful long-term rehabilitation process.

On the other hand, there is no recovery period needed for the procedure of Regenerative Medicine and most patients can resume normal activities within 1-3 days. The stem cells speed up the natural recovery time of the body to repair the degenerated elbow and will keep healing the elbow for about one year. The pain may reduce significantly immediately after the treatment or the improvement may start to show within a few weeks with gradual progress in the healing.

Elbow Conditions Treatable With Regenerative Medicine

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Partial Tear of the Distal Biceps Tendon
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury (UCL Injury)

Why Is This a Better Option?

Regenerative Medicine can heal chronic elbow pain once and for all creating a possibility where each elbow movement will be pain free. You can resume exercising, playing sports, or any activity involving arm movement without worrying about pain.

For injured athletes and sportspersons it is very ground breaking that they can revert to their sport without needing months long physical rehabilitation that is needed after surgery. By choosing Regenerative Medicine over surgery, you minimize a great amount of risk and the long lasting impacts that a surgery potentially brings.

Being non-invasive and non-surgical with promising results, Regenerative Medicine is worth trying. If considered in long run, it proves to be less costly as compared to surgery, which has life altering impacts.

Disclaimer: It is essential to recognize that every individual is unique and so are their medical conditions and healing process. Although there are no guarantees for recovery, Regenerative medicine procedures have a track record of helping many patients with joint arthritis, and joint and tendon injuries.