by Dr. Joseph Wilson
It seems I am approached time after time with the same question, “Does regenerative medicine work?” In the cases of the treatments we have performed, Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, injections have worked exceptionally well. There are no side effects because you are using your blood, so there is no chance for rejection. There has not been one case reported; nor have we heard of any incidents, where an infection has occurred. For this treatment to be effective your overall health plays a critical role. Your blood must be healthy. Everyone has heard my story, my patients, friends, and family; they all know regenerative medicine works. However, some doctors are compelled to disagree with the fact that regenerative medicine does work, because they have a lot to lose.
Regenerative Medicine is relatively new in the world of Science and Medicine. By combining the experience and knowledge of robotics, engineering, medicine, genetics, biology, chemistry, and more, regenerative medicine works faster and stronger than traditional medicine. Not to mention that regenerative medicine requires no painful surgeries, no downtime, no use of harmful prescriptions, and regenerative treatments are a fraction of the cost of surgery.
Today, regenerative medicine is taught at universities that have medical programs, throughout the country, establishing great success. One example of the advancements regenerative medicine has gone through is evident in the work of the well-known Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. The clinic has contributed to significant improvements by installing regenerative medicine therapeutic suites, which provide a unique space that serves patients and clients while facilitating multidiscipline teams to expand on current projects to deliver individualized regenerative therapies and procedures to patients. Given the extent that the study of regenerative medicine has been around, no doubt there are some concerns, nonetheless. And, there are numerous testimonies from patients, past and present, that provide firsthand testimonial supporting regenerative medicine, which is looking more and more promising for patients.
John Hopkins University has been very successful in its research and development of regenerative medicine. The Center for Stem Cell Ocular Regenerative Medicine, also known as STORM, is pioneering collaborative research efforts by joining scientists, physicians, engineers, and surgeons to study and eventually cure vision loss and blindness through regenerative medicine. By generating human retinal cells in the lab, their studies have been critical in the development of more effective treatments for retinal diseases. These same advancements were the same founding principles developed from earlier studies like the discovery of platelet-rich plasma therapies and the regeneration of cells and cartilage.
Not long ago an elderly gentleman came into our office and took advantage of our no risk, no obligation complimentary consultation. He had worked in the service industry for over 30 years where a great deal of time was spent on his feet. As a result, his knee pain had become so intense because of the degeneration of his meniscus, that his lower back has begun to feel the painful effects. We injected PRP treatments and stem cells into his right knee and suggested he wear a knee brace. (The brace is designed to help with the weight bearing on his knee.) After six weeks, his pain level dropped from a 9-10 to 3. “I was able to go up and down stairs a little faster, and I have not had that stabbing needle pain in my knee. I should have had this procedure done a long time ago, doc.” He is delighted and I receive referrals from him, although my new patients are not as reluctant as he was. Our patients are ecstatic about the results of their treatments.