Rotator Cuff Repair
Regenexx procedures are non-surgical alternatives that use your body’s own healing agents to treat shoulder injuries, such as stem cell therapy for rotator cuff repair.
Rotator cuff tears are common as people get older. But a tear on your MRI doesn’t mean you’re destined for the operating table. Research demonstrates that 75% of rotator cuff repair surgeries offer no significant benefit over no surgery at all.1
|Return to Daily Routine||2 to 5 days||6+ weeks|
|Return to Sports||3 to 6 months||1 year|
|Recovery||Brace, up to 6 weeks PT||Brace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT|
|Pain Management||Mostly over-the-counter pain medication (days)||Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)|
|Keep Your Meniscus||Yes||No|
*Bone marrow concentrate which contains stem cells.
Regenexx Alternative to Shoulder Surgery
Can I Avoid Rotator Cuff Surgery?
In many cases the answer is yes. Physical therapy can promote improved blood supply and strengthen the muscles of the rotator cuff. A 2014 study determined that, upon one year of follow-up, physical therapy was equally effective to rotator cuff surgery in terms of regaining physical strength and range of motion in study participants (55 years of age or older).2
Regenexx also offers nonsurgical regenerative medicine treatment options incorporating orthobiologics such as bone marrow-derived stem cells and blood platelets. Stem cell therapy enhances your body’s innate ability to repair itself and allowing your shoulder to regain better function and mobility without surgery.Am I a candidate?
Rotator Cuff Repair Alternative
Once you are evaluated by a Regenexx physician, they will determine which treatment option is best for your needs: stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
During our outpatient procedures, our expert physicians use the patient’s own stem cells and precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing agents into the exact areas of damage.
Rotator cuff surgery recovery time is extensive and can take anywhere from six months to a year to completely heal.3 Significant pain and intense physical therapy are generally part of surgery recovery.
Regenexx procedures are nonsurgical alternatives to rotator cuff surgery and can offer significant benefits over the typical surgical repair of torn rotator cuffs:
- Does not involve invasive surgery.
- No extensive downtime for most patients.
- Minimal time away from work.
- Significant postprocedure pain reduction.
- Improved function of the shoulder joint.
On average, Regenexx shoulder patients report:
Before and After Rotator Cuff Tear MRI Images
Take a look at the outcomes of two of our patients who chose to have stem cell therapy for rotator cuff repair instead of surgery.
Scroll the arrow to the right to see the MRI of the rotator cuff before the treatment and to the left to see the outcome. The BEFORE shows a torn rotator cuff. The arrow points at a gap where the tendon should be. Once treated, the area will look like a dark band going diagonally, as seen on the AFTER.
Rotator cuff tear MRI – Patient 1
Rotator cuff tear MRI – Patient 2
Webinar: Alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery
Learn the latest about regenerative medicine, and how Regenexx stem cell and platelet procedures can treat your rotator cuff injury.Register for the webinar