Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens after my injection?
    What happens after my injection?
    You will be retained for about 10 minutes to ensure you feel well. You are then free to leave, and should be accompanied by another adult. We strongly advise that you do not drive that day.
     
  • How will I feel after the injection?
    How will I feel after the injection?
    For most people, there will be some initial swelling and discomfort in the injected area, but this is usually easily managed with basic movement. In some, pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be needed but only for a few days. Do not take antiinflamatories like ibuprofen, Advil, naproxen or Aleeve as these drugs interrupt the reactions we are trying to promote.
     
  • What can I do to manage pain/stiffness?
    What can I do to manage pain/stiffness?
    Movement is key. Simple range of motion exercises can help tremendously, like heel slides for hip and knees or pendulums for the shoulder. Therapy should start within 1 week which is very important for promoting your recovery. You can also take pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) if needed.
     
  • Can I put ice or heat on the joint?
    Can I put ice or heat on the joint?
    We currently do not know how ice/heat will affect regenerative injections and suggest you stay away from icing/heating the area.
     
  • How do I care for my dressings/wound after the procedure?
    How do I care for my dressings/wound after the procedure?
    You will have waterproof band-aids in place. They need to stay on for 5 days. You can have a shower, but try not to aim the water directly onto the band-aid. If you feel you need to change the band-aid, take the old one off, pat the area dry, and place a new one on. Just ensure that the area(s) are kept dry and covered for 5 days or until the wound is fully healed and without any scabbing.
     
  • When can I start exercising again?
    When can I start exercising again?
    You can walk and do range of motion exercises immediately. Formal exercising can begin 72 hours after your injection.
     
  • How do you collect the stem cells?
    How do you collect the stem cells?
    For fat, we use gentle suction to harvest the fat from your buttock (liposuction). Then, we place it into a centrifuge where it is then cleaned and concentrated. Finally, we take the fat which contains the stem cells and inject it into the area using ultrasound guidance.
     
  • How do you collect the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
    How do you collect the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
    We draw a small amount of your blood. Then, we place the blood into a centrifuge. The centrifuge will concentrate the blood and separate the platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the rest of the blood. Finally, we take the PRP and inject into the target using ultrasound guidance.
     
  • How do I prepare for the procedure?
    How do I prepare for the procedure?
    You will be provided with a detailed instruction sheet. Please ensure you review these instructions at least 1 week prior to your procedure.
     
  • Are there any restrictions, activity or dietary, after the procedure?
    Are there any restrictions, activity or dietary, after the procedure?
    You can immediately move, walk and do range of motion exercises. After 72 hours you can start activities such as riding a stationary bike or using the elliptical, and even lifting weights on the non injected parts. At this point you want to use pain as your guide. If you start to have pain, hold back a bit for a day or two then again slowly increase the amount of activity each day.
     
  • Is there anything I can do to increase the effectiveness of this procedure?
    Is there anything I can do to increase the effectiveness of this procedure?
    Yes. We have supplement packages that we encourage you to take. You can also make some lifestyle changes to increase your chances of effectiveness like quitting smoking, losing weight, increasing activity and changing your diet to a low carbohydrate diet. For most people a low carbohydrate diet helps lose weight and also helps reduce the stimulus for tendon and joint degeneration.
     
  • How will my harvest area feel?
    How will my harvest area feel?
    You will see some bruising on the stem cell harvest area. This is normal and will take a few weeks for the bruising to heal.
     

 

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