Advanced Treatment Options
Stem Cell Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Often with chronic tendon problems such as tendonitis and partial tendon tears, PRP can be utilized to promote healing in injured tissue regions.
While most of your blood is a liquid called plasma, it also is made up of red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets are the key factor in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain growth factors, hundreds of proteins that are essential in the injury healing process.
During this in-office procedure, blood is taken from the patient and platelets with proteins are separated. Then the plasma is injected into the area of injury, supplying the area with growth factors essential to healing. Positive results are often seen within two weeks with little to no recovery required. The patient can return to normal activity immediately following the procedure.
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy
A component of the placenta, known as the amnion, contain a rich supply of stem cells and healing proteins that can be used for tendon problems and chronic non-healing wounds.
With no risk of rejection, Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy can promote tissue and cartilage growth and reduce swelling and pain.
When amniotic cells are injected into the area of tissue damage they not only stimulate healing and growth, they also provide pain relief. These tissue cells naturally contain Hyaluronic Acid, which diminishes in tissue with age and injury. When Hyaluronic Acid is reintroduced, tendons and joints are lubricated, which decreases pain and helps patients regain better range of motion.
Radiofrequency Coblation Therapy
Frequently, the body’s healing is halted in a chronic inflammatory phase causing delayed repair of injured tissues. This is seen in conditions like tendonitis and fasciitis. The TOPAZ wand is used to make small incisions in the injured tendon this stimulating new collagen production and this healing . These very small incisions promote and jumpstart the healing cascade thus beginning the healing of these “microtears” without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. With this minimally invasive procedure the recovery time is a fraction of traditional surgical methods.
This technology uses small camera optics to visualize small joints such as the ankle joint without the use of large open incisions. Through small portals in the skin the joint can be explored and repair can be accomplished with much less recovery than traditional open surgery.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
When conservative measures fail for plantar fasciitis the physicians at the Foot & Ankle center often utilize a plantar fasciotomy which releases the painful damaged band of fascia from its bony attachment. EPF can be performed through very small incisions and instrumentation to allow for less OR time and less recovery time for the patent.