Stem Cell Therapy

The Regenerative Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Molecular Immunobiologists located in Wilmington, NC

If you’re suffering from a joint injury, arthritis, joint pain, or a degenerative condition that isn’t getting better with traditional medicine, you may want to consider stem cell therapy. At The Regenerative Medicine Clinic, regenerative orthopedist Austin Yeargan III MD, takes a simple and natural approach and offers stem cell therapy to heal many musculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about stem cell therapy and how it may benefit you, call the office in Wilmington, North Carolina, or click the online booking button. Telemedicine appointments are also available for consultations.

Stem Cell Therapy

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that supports your body’s healing processes. Stem cells are your body’s blank cells that have the ability to transform into any specialized cells your body may need, such as heart cells, bone cells, or blood vessel cells. 

Stem cell therapy involves the injection of a controlled amount of stem cells into your damaged tissue or joint to facilitate and expedite the healing process and restore tissue strength and function, without the need for surgical intervention.

Am I a good candidate for stem cell therapy?

Dr. Yeargan determines if you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy during your consultation. He generally recommends stem cell therapy for the treatment of moderate osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or thumb where there isn't a complete collapse of the joint space. 

Dr. Yeargan also uses stem cell therapy as a treatment for chronic tendon issues, such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis. 

Where do the stem cells come from?

At The Regenerative Medicine Clinic, Dr. Yeargan uses your own stem cells for stem cell therapy. He harvests the stem cells from your own bone marrow, which is referred to as bone marrow aspirate stem cell concentrate (BMAC). 

He collects the stem cells from your anterior iliac crest, which is the top of your hip. These stem cells are called mesenchymal stem cells and have the ability to transform into cartilage, ligament, tendon, bone, muscle, and other connective tissue cells.

What can I expect during stem cell therapy?

Your stem cell therapy is conducted at the office. After Dr. Yeargan has collected and prepared your stem cells, he injects them into your joint or tissue using ultrasound-guided imaging. You may experience some discomfort following your treatment, and Dr. Yeargan recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after your injection.

Though results vary, most patients experience relief from their pain within one to two months of their injection, with continued improvements over the next three to six months.

Dr. Yeargan monitors your progress and healing following your injection. In most cases, only one stem cell therapy treatment is needed to get the best results.

To schedule a consultation to learn how stem cell therapy can help your musculoskeletal condition, contact The Regenerative Medicine Clinic by phone or online today.