Rotator Cuff Tear Treated with Stem Cells

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Ruth is like many of our patients.  She’s a health care professional who has had the RIGHT rotator cuff treated twice with traditional surgery.  The 3-4 month recovery was difficult, the blue pillow immobilization meant that she couldn’t work as an ER nurse.  Because of the muscle atrophy she likely experienced with the first RIGHT sided rotator cuff surgery, she had a retear of the same rotator cuff a few years later.  The second time she was again off work for several months and loosing income.  Based on her results with her first and second surgeries on the RIGHT, when the LEFT rotator cuff tore while she was transferring a patient, she went searching to see if newer non-surgical alternatives were available.  We treated the LEFT by using her MRI to plan our x-ray guided injections of her own stem cells into the tear.  It’s notable that this time, she remained working and fully active during the procedures.  She has had three injections with excellent relief of pain and return of full range of motion.  Rather than the doctor continuing to tell what happened (this is Dr. Centeno), best to let the patient tell her own story:

This patient was treated with the Regenexx-C (cultured stem cell injections).

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

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