RESTORE is a procedure to treat injuries by using autologous stem cells.
Stem cells are precursor cells that can differentiate into more specialized cells such as chondrocytes (cells that produce new cartilage), and osteoblasts (cells that produce new bone). Dr. Robert uses these cells harvested from your own body, to treat your specific injury. Stem cells are found in blood, fat, and bone marrow. Dr. Robert uses all 3, as well as platelets (PRP), to help the stem cells restore functionality to the injured area.
RESTORE is used in indications such as:
- Osteoarthritis (OA): The goal of this procedure in OA treatment is to restore and regrow the new cartilage. This can decrease pain and inflammation, improve the quality of the patient’s life (permits the return to activity), and postpone or even eliminate the need for surgery. However, this procedure is only one part of the recovery. If required, the patient may need to lose weight, obtain orthotics, and/or correct any patella mistracking pattern or abnormal gait. The patient will be asked to do physical therapy twice a week for the first month following the procedure, as well as take supplements (provided for the first month). Dr. Robert will measure the patient’s body composition to make sure it is in an anabolic state (growing tissue) and not in a catabolic state (destroying tissue). The patient will be asked to refrain from activity while providing the body with all the nutrients needed to repair tissue. Therefore, it is not recommended to go on a diet for the first month following the procedure.
- Other procedures: Stem cell injections can also be used for osteochondral defects (OCDs), Avascular Necrosis (AVN), stress fractures, and meniscus tears.
Who can benefit?
People with the following conditions:
- Non-healing fracture or stress fracture
- Tendon or ligament tears
- Non-acute muscle tears
- Chronic tendinosis
- Meniscal tear
- Osteochondral lesions (Ex: OCD)
- Labral tears
- Avascular necrosis (AVN)
- Joint osteoarthritis (OA)
Will it be permanent?
While the procedure usually leads to permanent results, the causes of the initial injury must also be addressed in order to prevent a re-injury.