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Stem Cells

New York Spine and Sports Surgery

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon & Orthopedic Sports Surgeon located in East Garden City, Garden City, NY & Bloomfield, NJ

Innovative stem cell treatments may help treat various spinal and sports injuries that damage your muscles, tendons, cartilage, or ligaments. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Aron D. Rovner, MD, offers exceptional stem cell treatments at two New York Spine and Sports Surgery locations in Garden City, New York, and Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Stem cells may encourage healing, reduce inflammation, and help regenerate new cell growth. Call the friendly staff today or book an appointment online to learn more.

Stem Cells Q&A

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are different from other human cells. They’re unique because they can divide and duplicate themselves and develop into different types of cells. 

A stem cell itself doesn’t have a particular bodily function, but it can transform into a cell that does — like a cartilage cell.

When placed in a particular environment in your body, stem cells may transform to meet a specific need. If your doctor places stem cells near a damaged Achilles tendon, they may develop into healthy Achilles tendon cells.

Dr. Rovner uses your own stem cells in procedures. He may harvest stem cells from your fat during minimally invasive surgery or liposuction. He may also collect them from a sample of your blood. 

For bone marrow stem cell harvests, Dr. Rovner retrieves cells from your pelvic bone using a needle and syringe. He’ll provide you with a local anesthetic and a sedative if needed.

What can stem cells treat?

Stem cells may treat spinal injuries and a variety of sports injuries, including damage to:

  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Cartilage

Injuries may be due to one-time trauma or chronic overuse. Stem cells may also: 

  • Facilitate better healing 
  • Encourage the growth of new blood vessels
  • Promote cell growth
  • Decrease inflammation 
  • Slow tissue degeneration 
  • Decrease pain
  • Reverse osteoporosis and bone loss 
  • Improve osteoarthritis 

Dr. Rovner may recommend stem cell therapy in combination with other regenerative medicine therapies, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP may increase stem cells’ potential effects.

Before beginning stem cell treatment, Dr. Rovner discusses whether you’re a good candidate and the realistic potential for treatment results. 

What happens during stem cell treatment?

Dr. Rovner may apply stem cells to an injured area through various methods. 

During a surgical procedure, Dr. Rovner applies stem cells directly to your torn ligament, tendon, or the bone he’s repairing. 

Stem-cell bearing sutures involve Dr. Rovner stitching together your torn muscle, ligament, or tendon using a thread-like material coated in stem cells. The suture material dissolves, and your body absorbs it over time. 

Dr. Rovner may also inject stem cells directly into a targeted area. When administering your injection, he uses medical imaging technology, like an ultrasound, to ensure he precisely delivers cells to the site of damaged tissue. 

To learn more about innovative stem cell treatments, call New York Spine and Sports Surgery today or schedule a consultation online.