Health Link Medical Center offers the nation's most advanced shoulder stem cell procedures at convenient offices in the San Diego and San Francisco areas

Non-Surgical Stem Cell and Platelet Procedures for Shoulder or Rotator Cuff Injuries and Arthritis

rc_video_launch_smallRegenexx™ Stem Cell and Blood Platelet Procedures offer the most advanced, non-surgical treatments for people suffering from shoulder arthritis, torn rotator cuff, shoulder bursitis, tendonitis and other common injuries. It’s a viable treatment alternative for individuals considering elective shoulder surgery or shoulder replacement surgery.

The shoulder is an incredibly complex joint, making all types of shoulder surgery difficult, with unpredictable outcomes. Shoulder surgery recovery can require months of painful rehabilitation to help rebuild strength and range of motion in the shoulder joint.

Alternatively, the Regenexx procedures may help heal and alleviate shoulder problems with a same-day stem cell or platelet injection procedure. Regenexx patients typically experience little to no down time from the procedure and avoid the wide range of problems that often follow surgery.


Commonly Treated Shoulder Conditions Using Stem Cell or Platelet Procedures

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

2013 Regenexx Patient Outcome Data for Shoulder and Rotator Cuff

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As Regenexx Network Physicians, we’re part of the only stem cell treatment network to publish this type of analysis of patient outcome data. The analysis is made possible thanks to the massive numbers that have been accumulating for years in the Regenexx patient registry.

This patient outcome data is not part of a controlled trial. Every Regenexx Procedure patient becomes part of a registry to track outcomes and any complications. This data is a compilation of patient input to the Regenexx Patient Registry at regular intervals following their Regenexx Procedure.

This outcome information summarizes the 2013 registry data for shoulders treated with the Regenexx-SD (same-day) procedure using the patient’s own stem cells. It was comprised of a mix of patients with rotator cuff tears, arthritis, labral tears, and instability. Rotator cuff tear patients are doing the best in this group.

View This Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Outcome Data


Shoulder Injuries and the Regenexx-SD (Same-Day) Procedure

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Stem Cells are in all of us and they are responsible for healing injured bone, ligaments, tendons and tissues. They are the key component behind the Regenexx Procedures. As we get older or injured, we sometimes cannot get enough of these cells into the area in need. The Regenexx Procedures help solve that problem by precisely delivering a high concentration of stem cells and growth factors into the injured area, aiding your body’s ability to heal naturally. Regenexx patients experience little or no down-time from the procedure and typically avoid the long, painful rehabilitation periods to restore joint strength and mobility following invasive surgeries.


Play VideoMillions Introduced to the Regenexx Rotator Cuff Procedure on Television’s The Doctors

The July 15th 2014 episode of The Doctor’s features a former two time Olympic pairs figure skater medalist, Lloyd Eisler who has had a failed rotator cuff surgery. Lloyd injured his shoulders while spending a lifetime lifting his skating partners and had a surgery several years ago. Now a father and active Hockey player, he reinjured his rotator cuff and was told he needed another surgery. His wife (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress-Kristy Swanson) knew an actor colleague who used the Regenexx procedure to successfully treat his rotator cuff, so Lloyd chose a non-surgical route this time.

NBC TV Tells a Patient’s Story Following a Regenexx Same-Day Stem Cell Injection Procedure

Seattle King TV recently featured Regenexx patient Paul Lyon in this news segment. Lyon chose to undergo a Regenexx-SD procedure, rather than an invasive and traumatic joint replacement surgery. The story looks at his results and includes an interview with Dr. Christopher Centeno, founder of the Regenexx Procedures.

Procedure ExplainedRegenexx-SD Procedure Overview

The Regenexx-SD procedure begins when the doctor thoroughly numbs the back of the hip (PSIS) and takes a small bone marrow sample through a needle, as well as a blood draw from a vein in the arm. The marrow is rich in Mesenchymal Stem Cells, which are responsible for healing damaged tissues. The stems cells are isolated from the marrow sample and platelets are isolated from the blood sample. After preparation, these two components will be reinjected directly into the damaged area of the joint using advanced imaging guidance. This ensures the cells are delivered to the exact location of need.

Some patients are apprehensive about the bone marrow aspirate portion of the procedure, but most are surprised to find that they experienced very little pain or discomfort:

“I had some concern about the pain involved in extracting the bone marrow. All of my fears were groundless. All of the procedures were painless. The doctor explained everything he did and I was awake and involved the whole time. The experience was better than expected.” Betty M.

PRICING AND INSURANCE COVERAGE

We understand that as a cash procedure, patients need to have a good understanding of what the typical costs are for each type of treatment. Health Link Medical Center also offers easy payment plans starting at $140 per month for those who qualify.

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*The Entire Regenexx-SD Stem Cell Treatment Protocol is included in the pricing above. Details follow:

The Regenexx SD Protocol – More Than a Same-Day Stem Cell Procedure

The SD (same day stem cell) procedure is designed to achieve the best possible result. Through several years of testing on thousands of patients, Regenexx has developed a protocol that has demonstrated the best possible patient outcomes. This entire protocol is typically part of a Regenexx-SD procedure and is included in the pricing range shown above.

Prolotherapy Pre-Injection: This injection is designed to prepare the joint/tissue for the stem cell transplant. The purpose is to help stabilize the affected joint by tightening supporting ligaments. The injection uses a dextrose concentration or platelet concentration that causes mild inflammation that stimulates increased blood flow and your own resident stem cells to begin to differentiate and proliferate. This visit usually takes less than one hour.

Stem Cell Transplant: You will be scheduled to start your stem cell day with a morning appointment where your specialist will aspirate bone marrow from your hip and blood drawn from your arm, in a comfortable procedure that takes from 30 to 45 minutes. This procedure should not be confused with a bone marrow biopsy which usually is very painful. The aspiration is done with local anesthesia and is very well tolerated with a minimum of pain and discomfort. Your marrow and blood is then processed in our on –site laboratory and is ready in about 90 minutes. Then your transplant procedure is performed and takes from 45 to 90 minutes.

Platelet Procedure Post-Injection: We call this Regenexx SCP/PL as it contains concentrated platelets and platelet lysate (pure growth factors) derived from your blood. You will have your blood draw, processed in the lab and then injected in your tissue. The entire visit takes about 2 hours.

Insurance Coverage

Today’s newest regenerative injection procedures, such as Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Procedures are not covered by insurance. However, some portions of the entire process are covered as shown below.

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Are You a Regenexx Candidate?

If you are suffering from a joint injury, joint pain, a non-healing fracture or a degenerative condition like osteoarthritis, you may be a good candidate for these ground-breaking stem cell and blood platelet treatments. Please complete the Procedure Candidate Form below and we will immediately email you more information.

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