The Role of Stem Cells After Surgery

Stem cell therapy is one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern medicine. This treatment uses your body’s own healing capacity to speed recovery through cell regeneration. An improvement in pain and a shorter recovery time from surgery are some of the benefits of stem cell therapy.

Knee, shoulder, and other orthopedic surgeries require significant recovery time, and sometimes surgery is unavoidable. A long recovery is a common reason people put off surgery. Today, advances in regenerative medicine can help you heal after orthopedic surgery using the power of your own body. 

Board-certified orthopedic shoulder and sports medicine surgeon Dr. Matthew Pifer understands the toll chronic orthopedic conditions and injuries can take on your quality of life. Dr. Pifer utilizes the latest advancements to diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. 

Stem cell therapy is an exciting advancement that offers numerous benefits for orthopedic patients.

What is stem cell therapy?

Everyone has stem cells throughout their body. This raw material has the ability to develop into many different types of cells. It’s this characteristic that makes stem cells unique and lends to its ability to accelerate healing and recovery from surgery.

Dr. Pifer harvests stem cells from your own bone marrow or fat tissue to make a powerful serum that when injected into the targeted area goes to work regenerating damaged cells to aid your recovery from surgery. 

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive treatment performed in our office. There’s no need for a hospital stay or downtime.

How stem cell therapy accelerates surgical recovery

Stem cells begin with a blank slate and the ability to transform into specific cells the body needs. This helps to replace damaged cells so you heal quickly and symptoms of pain improve.

There are several types of stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are the most effective in orthopedic treatments. These stem cells possess a potent ability to repair musculoskeletal tissue such as cartilage and bone.

Mesenchymal stem cells are found mostly in the bone marrow. These specialized cells can multiply and develop into other types of cells including bone, muscle, and cartilage. When injected the cells help the body regenerate tissue in the injured area. 

When can I expect results from stem cell therapy?

Because stem cell therapy takes advantage of the body’s natural capacity to heal, it can take a few weeks to feel the beneficial effects of therapy. The injected stem cells need time to develop into and replace the injured cells so you generate healthy tissue and have long-term relief.

You may not notice improvement for the first three weeks but rest assured your body is hard at work repairing your tissues. Most patients notice an improvement within six weeks with continued improvement over the course of several months. 

Aiding surgical recovery with stem cell therapy 

Injuries and chronic conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system are not only painful, they often limit your daily activities. When surgery is necessary to repair and restore musculoskeletal function you now have an effective treatment option to accelerate healing and recovery. This means getting back to your daily life sooner. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve relief from pain and return to your everyday life.

To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help you recover from surgery contact our Santa Barbara office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pifer. We offer in-person and telemedicine appointments, so you can receive guidance from the comfort of your home. Our team is here to meet your orthopedic needs.

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