Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is an emerging area of science that holds great promise for treating and even curing a variety of injuries and diseases.

Regenerative medicine uses natural tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and medical devices to repair tissue or organs damaged as a result of disease, trauma or congenital issues.

In using one of these approaches or a combination of them, regenerative medicine can amplify our natural healing processes and improve health and function. In this relatively new field, experts from many different disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, robotics, and other fields, work together to find solutions to some of the most challenging medical problems. 

Regenerative medicine includes using stem cells and other technologies—such as engineered biomaterials and gene editing—to repair or replace damaged cells, tissues, or organs. In fact, stem cell-based approaches are under development in labs around the world, and some have already moved into clinical trials.

The 21st Century Cures Act, passed in December 2016, established the Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project (RMIP) to accelerate the field by supporting clinical research on adult stem cells while promoting the highest standards for carrying out scientific research and protecting patient safety. In recognition of the integral role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the successful development of this field, NIH is leading the RMIP in coordination with the FDA.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a cellular therapy emerging as a frontline regenerative medicine source. Stem cells are harvested and then injected at the site of diseased or damaged tissue, so the reconstruction of the tissue is feasible under the right circumstances. Cells can be collected from blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp, skeletal muscle, and other sources. Our bodies use stem cells as one way of repairing itself–replacing, repairing, reprogramming or renewing diseased cells.

What is the role of regenerative medicine in orthopedics?

At Seaview, our goal is to provide the latest in affordable, minimally invasive therapies that will replace, repair, or promote tissue regeneration for acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Our physicians are experienced in the field of regenerative medicine and have years of experience in advanced interventional pain management techniques, including Orthobiologics, Lipogems, and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

Orthobiologics

Orthobiologics are cells, substances, and materials that orthopedic surgeons use to help injuries heal more quickly. When used in higher concentrations they may help speed up the healing process of broken bones, injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments (musculoskeletal injuries). These products, made from substances that are naturally found in your body, also help to improve the quality of healing, offering better and stronger tissue and less scar tissue.

To learn more, check out our page on Orthobiologics.

Lipogems

Lipogems is for patients who are looking to avoid or delay the need for orthopedic surgery. It is an award-winning new technology, offering a minimally invasive, natural option for patients.

Lipogems uses your own powerful fat to help you heal the natural way. Your fat provides cushion and support to damaged or injured tissue and supports the healing process to optimize your recovery.

To learn more, check out our page on Lipogems.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

There are natural healing properties found in the blood’s platelets and plasma that can be used to heal and repair chronic tendon issues and acute ligament and muscle injuries. The process starts with taking blood from the patient and then processing it using a centrifuge to create a concentrated solution of platelets and plasma (PRP). Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected or applied to an injured area during surgery. This treatment has been effective in reducing pain, improving joint function, and repairing damage to tendon tissue.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process in one of two ways:

  • PRP is mixed with a local anesthetic and is injected into the injured area with the use of imaging technology, such as ultrasound, to ensure safe and precise placement of the injection. 
  • PRP is prepared in a special way that allows it to be stitched into torn tissues during surgery.

Contact Us

If you are interested in Regenerative Medicine, please call Seaview Orthopaedics at (732) 660-6200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chern or one of our other Seaview Sports Medicine specialists.