Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Joints:
An Alternative to Hip Replacement & Surgery
The usage of hip replacement and surgery has grown dramatically over the years and has even become more common among younger people. However, surgery is not the only solution. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we offer stem cell therapy for hip joints as a safe and effective alternative to hip replacement or surgery.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cell therapy for hip joints is an outpatient procedure that takes a few hours to complete. The process begins with the abstraction of stem cells and platelet rich plasma, also referred to as PRP, from the patient’s blood and bone marrow.
Stem cells are the natural healing mechanism in the human body. They have the ability to morph into other types of cells that are needed to repair a damaged hip joint such as muscle, cartilage, or bone cells. This results in the stem cells restoring your hip joints naturally without the need of drugs or hip surgery. However, as we age, the number of stem cells in our body and their potency decline. This causes our body to heal slower or not at all from joint injuries in the hip. To counter this, we have developed a proprietary technique to revitalize the patient’s stem cells and inject a high concentration of them directly to the damaged area of the hip joint with the PRP
Once injected into the hip joint, the stem cells will being restoring the damaged areas of the hip. The PRP, which contains many growth factors, will act as a stimulate for the stem cells, helping to increase their healing potential. After the injection, patients can go home immediately.
Hip Replacement/Surgery VS. Stem Cell Therapy
Hip surgery often requires patients to stay in a hospital overnight for several days and is followed by several months of physical therapy or training. With a hip replacement, patients are advised to avoid certain movements such as bending and twisting for up to a 12 month period. And even after a patient’s hip joint has healed after surgery, patients may not be permitted to do certain high impact activities such as sports, jogging, and dancing.
This is not the case for patients that elect to have stem cell therapy for their hip joint injuries. In most cases, patients can resume their active lifestyles without any restrictions or the need of extensive physical therapy in a short amount of time. Typically, patients will begin to see a response from the stem cells in about three weeks after the injection. After that, patients will experience a significant reduction in pain while regaining full mobility of their hip joints in the next several weeks as the stem cells continue to restore the hip joint.
How Many Stem Cell Injections Are Needed?
Our medical team will determine the exact treatment and the number of stem cell injections after examining your medical files. Typically, a single stem cell injection is all that is needed to repair most hip joint injuries. If the injury in the hip joint is more severe, then additional injections will be needed. In these cases, we inject additional PRP into the hip joint a month after the first injection to stimulate the initially injected stem cells to prolong their healing process, and then another injection a few weeks after that.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe
Stem cell therapy for hip joints is a safe alternative to hip replacement or surgery since stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) are biological components that already exist in the human body. Because we harvest the stem cells and PRP for the patient’s blood instead of other sources, the virtually no risk of rejection or harm to the patient’s health. Furthermore, the procedure is done by a board certified orthopedic surgeon.
Hip Joint Conditions Treated by Stem Cell Therapy
At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we have successfully treated patients with various hip injuries and conditions including:
If you suffer from any of these conditions or experience hip pain, contact our office to see if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy for hip joints.
How Much Does Hip Stem Cell Treatment Cost?
To maximize success, we tailor our stem cell treatment based on the unique needs of our patients. For this reason, the cost for hip stem cell treatment will vary greatly from case to case and can only be determined after our orthopedic specialist has evaluated a patient’s hip joint. Factors that will determine the cost of stem cell treatment includes:
- The severity of the hip condition/injury
- How long the hip condition existed
- The number of joints that need to treated
It is important to note that most health insurance companies will not cover the cost for hip stem cell treatment. However, in many cases, the cost of stem cell therapy can be similar to the cost patients will pay out of pocket for hip surgery and post-surgical care with insurance.