Some of the most exciting and revolutionary technological breakthroughs of the past few decades have taken place in the field of medicine. From robotic devices that allow for less invasive surgery to nerve supplements that replicate the body’s ability to heal itself, surgeons now have access to cutting edge tools that were once considered the realm of science fiction.
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice and the team at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute use stem cells combined with cutting edge surgical techniques to provide patients with the most effective treatments possible. Together, healing and the return of a healthy and happy life is far more reachable than ever before. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about how stem cells can aid in your healing, contact us today by calling (480) 351-6483.Get back to doing what you love!
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What is Regenerative Medicine?
The concept of regenerative medicine first came to light in the early 1990s through the research and experimentation inspired by the Human Genome Project. The goal of the project was to map all of the genes of the human genome, in order to better understand the onset and progression of disease, and to help develop effective drugs and treatment options.
Utilizing the human body’s ability to heal itself, or “regenerate” cells, regenerative medicine can be used to repair tissue that has been damaged or destroyed through illness or traumatic injury. Because regenerative medicine involves using a patient’s own tissue and genetic material, it has the potential for higher success rates and less long term complications.
How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?
The human body is made up of stem cells, which have the ability to differentiate into a number of different cell types. Stem cells are a natural healing mechanism that allows the body to replenish tissue. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate (transform) into virtually any type of cell, including:
At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, Dr. Fitzmaurice uses the most advanced techniques to provide treatment for hand injuries and conditions in Phoenix. Using stem cells and other regenerative treatment modalities to treat hand injuries has shown potential to help reduce inflammation and scar tissue, and provide relief for everything from arthritis to fractures.
The Different Types of Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Dr. Fitzmaurice offers patients a range of modern options to treat nerve and tendon issues at his state of the art clinic.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The platelets in human blood contain growth factor, an agent that helps to stimulate healing in bone and soft tissue. When enriched with a higher dose of platelets, the patient’s own blood can help to stimulate healing and new tissue growth for muscle and tendon damage that may have previously been difficult to repair or treat, due to advanced tissue and cell degeneration.
The process is fairly straightforward. Dr. Fitzmaurice will draw a blood sample from the patient, and extract the platelets from the blood. The PRP is then injected back into the patient.
Amniotic Stem Cells
Like PRP, amniotic stem cell treatments for tendon and ligament damage use the body’s naturally occurring growth factors to help manage pain, control inflammation, and repair damaged tissue. Amniotic stem cells have an advantage over PRP in that they generally contain a higher concentration of growth factor and cytokines, which can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Amniotic stem cells are produced from donated amniotic fluid that is discarded after childbirth.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluron is part of the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints and provides cushioning and lubrication. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) treatment replaces lost fluid in damaged joints, in order to help manage inflammation and pain. At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, Dr. Fitzmaurice uses Hyaluronic Acid to help patients:
- Accelerate healing
- Manage nerve pain
- Treat ligament and joint disorders like osteoarthritis
- Enhance surgical procedures and outcomes
The HA treatment is a gel that is injected into the joint space and performs the same function as the lost joint fluid.
Contact an Expert Hand Surgery Specialist in Phoenix Today!
Are you suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, or other hand injury and pain? Call the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix today at (480) 351-6483 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fitzmaurice, the industry leader in minimally invasive hand and upper extremity surgery. Prospective patients can also request more information online.
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