What is a BioHip?
The research behind the Regeneris BioHip is a form of regenerative medicine, a treatment method that uses your body’s own stem cells to restore and repair damage. Regenerative medicine has proven particularly useful in the fields of orthopedics and cosmetic medicine while also showing great promise in other areas, including the treatment of autoimmune disorders and spinal injuries. The Regeneris BioHip protocol is based on the premise that cells should promote the body’s healing process, regenerating the natural joint to restore range of motion and reduce pain, instead of removing the joint and replacing it with a prosthesis.
Don’t Operate – Regenerate!
Although Aleve is the first remedy that comes to mind when feeling pain in the hip joint, followed by more Aleve and eventually surgical hip replacement, for some patients this approach is not good enough. Regeneris Medical® remains on the cutting-edge of cellular therapies, and now offers the Regeneris BioHip™, a minimally-invasive alternative research protocol which we hope to someday be the new standard in joint therapy.
Benefits of the Regeneris BioHip over Traditional Hip Replacement
There are numerous reasons why the Regeneris BioHip might be a better choice than a total hip replacement (or THR):
THR which is typically performed under general anesthesia, which 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 which can extend through the recovery process. The Regeneris BioHip procedure is performed using local anesthesia, reducing many of those risks.
Time in Hospital
A Regeneris BioHip procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can return home a few hours after your treatment to recover in the comfort of your home. A total hip replacement operation requires a hospital stay of 1-2 weeks, increasing the risk for a postoperative infection and also making the procedure much more expensive.
Recovery from a THR is extensive and often painful. For most patients, it takes up to six months before any true relief can be felt after the surgery and only after to committing to a strict strength training regimen and physical therapy to regain strength in the joint. Regeneris BioHip patients are instructed to refrain from rigorous physical activity for about two weeks, although gradual stretches and exercises are encouraged almost right away in order to keep the joint mobile after treatment.
A hip replacement typically lasts 10-20 years, at which time you will need to undergo another major surgical procedure so as to remove the old device and replace it with another. These consecutive procedures tend to carry higher risk, since there may be damage done to bone and tissue from the first procedure which then complicates the process. The Regeneris BioHip differs for each patient and therefore the amount of time before a patient needs another injection varies. However, the cell therapy is generally thought to provide years or more of continued relief after which your aging or disease process could resume and necessitate another treatment.
While the Regeneris BioHip is a research protocol and not covered by insurance plans, the procedure promises to be much more cost-effective than a total hip replacement in the long run. The cost of a THR runs about $39,000, while Regeneris BioHip costs an estimated $7,500 depending on your personalized treatment program.
The Regeneris BioHip 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 cells are then taken from the tissue and injected into the hip 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 BioHip procedure is performed in the 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 and progenitor cells and platelet rich plasma are injected directly into the injured joint. In most cases, patients will only require one treatment session to achieve their full results.
You should be able to return to most of your regular activities within 1-2 days of the Regeneris BioHip 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.
Commonly Affected Areas
Our regenerative orthopedic patients are seeking stem cell therapy in the following areas:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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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