Treating Winter Sports Injuries with Stem Cells

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Interesting feature this am in Snowshoe magazine on our use of stem cells to help patients avoid the need for more invasive orthopedic surgery. An excerpt from the article: “Buffalo, N.Y. area triathlete Gerald Sacca learned all about the surgical options when a knee lesion – literally a loss of cartilage in the joint – sidelined his training regimen in the summer of 2009. For Sacca, 63, the noninvasive stem cell treatment just seemed like the better option for his lifestyle.  “I never felt a thing,” he says about the procedure now. “I was wide awake the whole time and I think it was about 45 minutes from when I got on the table until I got off. It was painless.”  Most importantly, Sacca was able to get back to his training almost immediately after completing his series of injections. Though there were some limitations on his running for a short period, Sacca was back on the road earlier this year and fully expects to compete in an Ironman next July.”

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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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