What is The Regeneris Foot & Ankle?

Foot and ankle pain from degenerative diseases or other conditions can make everyday life difficult. Your body weight pushing down on your suffering limbs whenever you stand or walk only worsens the pain. Fortunately Regeneris Medical® offers protocols designed to help alleviate pain with an injection rather than a surgery which would require weeks of recovery time: the Regeneris Foot & Ankle offers an alternative to surgery. This treatment option is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to help alleviate pain with an injection instead of costly surgeries or troublesome medication.

 

Don’t Operate – Regenerate!

The Regeneris Foot & Ankle is a procedure that uses injections of the patient’s own cells to repair damage to the foot or ankle using either PRP alone or via one of our research protocols. This approach builds on the developing field of cellular therapies that have proven valuable for a variety of medical purposes today. Our stromal vascular stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatments are for patients with various foot or ankle conditions including arthritis, tendon tears, ligament tears, and common injuries. The Regeneris Foot & Ankle is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.

Benefits of the Regeneris Foot & Ankle over Foot or Ankle Surgery

There are numerous reasons why The Regeneris Foot & Ankle might be a better choice than surgery:

Anesthesia Risks

Foot and ankle surgeries are often performed under general anesthesia. Anesthesia can increase a patient’s risk of complications during and after surgery. General anesthesia is also more likely to cause side effects like nausea and vomiting and extends the recovery process. The Regeneris Foot & Ankle is performed using local anesthesia, reducing many of those risks.

Time in Hospital

The Regeneris Foot & Ankle procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you return home a few hours after your treatment to recover in the comfort of your home. A foot or ankle operation may require that your wear a cast or boot walker for 3 to 6 weeks after which 4 to 6 weeks of physical therapy is also necessary.

Recovery Time

Recovery from a foot or ankle surgery is extensive and often painful. Depending on the surgery, full recovery time could range from 3 to 8 weeks. After your Regeneris Foot & Ankle procedure with PRP, you should immediately begin to feel its effects. As the healing process develops, you will begin to see results. Though some patients may feel immediate pain relief, typically it takes 2 weeks to 3 months for complete alleviation of pain. The Regeneris Foot & Ankle using stromal vascular fraction could provide more sustained results.  The response differs for each patient and therefore the amount of time before a patient needs another injection also varies.

State-of-the-Art Technology

The Regeneris Foot & Ankle procedure involves two distinct, state-of-the-art technologies:

Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF)

This technology is used to extract stem cells from autologous fat tissue, rather than blood or bone marrow. Removing stem and stromal progenitor cells through this method results in a much higher yield of the cells, which produces the best possible outcome from your procedure. The autologous fat is removed from the body via a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure under local anesthesia. The stem cells are then taken from the tissue and injected into the affected area or joint.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

This substance in your blood contains a high concentration of growth factors that stimulate the body’s healing response. When administered to an injured area, the platelets create an environment that heals tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints. PRP has been used as a dental and cosmetic therapy since the 1990s and more recently, has shown significant benefit in the medical realm.

About the Procedure

The Regeneris Foot & Ankle procedure is performed in our office on an outpatient basis, starting with the extraction of fat to collect the necessary stem cells. Blood is also drawn to process the PRP that will be administered along with the stem cells. Under local anesthesia, the stem cells and platelet rich plasma are injected directly into the injured joint or soft tissue site. In most cases, patients will only require one treatment session to achieve their full results.

You should be able to return to all of your regular activities within 1-2 days of your Foot & Ankle procedure. The injected cells should immediately begin secreting growth factors to stimulate healing and dependent on the amount of regeneration that ensues, the results may vary but could last years. As you continue to age, you may need another BioHip procedure to maintain your improved comfort and range of motion in the joint.  The timing and efficacy of this process are currently been looked at more closely in our research protocols.

The Regeneris Foot & Ankle is considered a new field of medicine, but experts of the technology estimate this procedure could eliminate the need for foot or ankle surgery at some point in the future. Regeneris Medical® is currently looking for patients to participate in this new field and see for themselves the potential benefits of this non-invasive approach to joint degeneration. To learn more, contact Regeneris Medical® today at 855-734-3678.

Commonly Affected Areas

Our regenerative orthopedic patients are seeking stem cell therapy in the following areas:

Face

The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. Usually the face is first area in which people notice signs of aging. The Regeneris Cellu-Lift  works to naturally rejuvenate the entire face, as opposed to more traditional solutions that target treatments of individual areas.

Neck

For those who are thinking about a neck lift but don’t want surgery, we offer the Regeneris Neck Lift as well as PRP and SVF injections with fat grafts along the jaw bone to lift and sculpt. Results typically last around 18 months to several years, all without ever going under the knife.

Shoulder

Shoulder pain can cause reduced range of motion and prevent patients from engaging fully in daily life, and can be caused by trauma or injury, arthritis, and other degenerative and age-related conditions. Those who suffer from shoulder pain can often avoid costly and painful surgeries with cellular therapies.

Hand & Elbow

Pain in the hand and elbow can be debilitating, and can prevent patients from participating in activities of daily living. Potential has been discovered in application of cellular therapies for pain in the hand and elbow caused by arthritis, tendonitis, or other conditions.

Foot & Ankle

Injury, arthritis, and other degenerative conditions can cause this kind of pain, and can prevent patients from walking or moving comfortably. Fortunately, treatments for joint pain of the foot and ankle can benefit from the potential of cellular therapies.

Neck, Back & Spine

Neck and back pain can have many causes, two of the most common being degenerative disk disease and facet arthropathy. Pain can also be caused by arthritis of the facet joints, the small joints where vertebra connect to their adjacent neighboring vertebrae.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you are experiencing pain as a result of injury or trauma, or if a condition such as arthritis has made it difficult to stand, walk, or run, our doctors can discuss your candidacy for regenerative treatments as well as answer any other questions you may have. Each case is unique, so personal consultations and customized treatment plans are determined based on your condition and goals.

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