Stem cells are sometimes called “Master Cells” as they have the potential to regenerate and replace injured cells causing re-growth of damaged tissues and organs. However, not all stem cell treatments are approved by the FDA, and getting such unapproved treatments for your bone or joint problem can worsen your condition. Here’s what the FDA wants you to know about stem cell treatments for orthopedics:
When stem cells are used in unapproved ways the potential patient safety concerns include skin reactions at the site of stem cell injection, failure of stem cells to work as accepted, movement of stem cells away from the placement sites, and abnormal growth of tissue. These safety risks remain even if the stem cells are obtained from your own body and are manipulated during the processing stage before injection into the injury site.
The FDA has increased its regulatory oversight to protect patient’s health while continuing to encourage innovation in the application of stem cells in a variety of medical fields including orthopedics. Patients are recommended to get all the facts from their doctor and ask if the stem cell treatment they are interested in is performed according to the FDA guidelines.
Regarding stem cell therapies offered at the Oklahoma Joint Reconstruction Institute, the stem cells obtained from your own body are minimally manipulated and processed under strict aseptic conditions to minimize likelihood of contamination. Most patients have hardly any side effects and report high level of satisfaction with results of the stem cell treatment. For more information, please call (405) 424-5426.
Dr. Jacob brings cutting edge techniques and technology to the Oklahoma City area. He has extensive training in minimally invasive, rapid recovery joint replacement as well as robotically assisted hip and knee replacement. Dr. Jacob is a pioneer in outpatient joint replacement allowing some patients to go home the same day as their procedure and recover in the comfort of their own home. The cornerstone of Dr. Jacob’s practice is to have the recovery process be easier, faster and less painful allowing his patients to get back into the game of life. Dr. Jacob is committed to bringing the highest level of orthopedic care while treating each and every patient like a family member. Providing you with patient centered care you can trust.