The shoulder is an incredibly complex joint, making all types of surgery difficult, with unpredictable outcomes. Shoulder surgery recovery can require months of painful rehabilitation to help rebuild strength and range of motion in the shoulder joint.
Alternatively, Regenerative Procedures may help heal and alleviate shoulder problems with a same-day stem cell or platelet injection procedure. Patients receiving a Regenerative Procedure typically experience little to no down time from the procedure and avoid the wide range of problems that often follow surgery.
If you’re interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for regenerative procedures from Catalyst Pain Solutions please complete the Catalyst Pain Solutions Regenerative Procedure Candidate Form below or call us at 844-Regenexx (734-3639). Regenexx is only offered at our Phoenix facility. We will typically contact you within 24-48 hours of receiving your initial information.
As Regenexx Network Physicians, Catalyst Pain Solutions is part of the only stem cell treatment network to publish this type of analysis of patient outcome data. The analysis is made possible thanks to the massive numbers that have been accumulating for years in the Regenexx patient registry.
This patient outcome data is not part of a controlled trial. Every Regenexx Procedure patient becomes part of a registry to track outcomes and any complications. This data is a compilation of patient input to the Regenexx Patient Registry at regular intervals following their Regenexx Procedure.
This outcome information summarizes the 2013 registry data for shoulders treated with the Regenexx-SD (same-day) procedure using the patient’s own stem cells. It was comprised of a mix of patients with rotator cuff tears, arthritis, labral tears, and instability. Rotator cuff tear patients are doing the best in this group.
Regenexx doctors have recently published the world’s largest registry experience with precisely guided stem cell injections for shoulder conditions including severe arthritis and rotator cuff tears.
Unlike knee replacement, shoulder replacement surgery is known for pretty poor outcomes, because the shoulder is a shallow joint with great mobility. Replicating that mobility in an artificial joint can be problematic. In addition, since replacing the joint does little to address chronic issues in the rotator cuff muscle, many patients are still left with pain. Finally, as one recent study showed, replacing shoulder joints in younger and active patients under 55 is fraught with high failure rates (40% by 5 years).
On the other hand, if you have little arthritis and just a bad rotator cuff tendon (torn or frayed), then surgery isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For example, in one recent study, shoulder rotator cuff surgery wasn’t able to beat the outcomes of just plain old physical therapy. In addition, many times range of motion doesn’t return after rotator cuff surgery. Finally, retear rates are high after the rotator cuff tear has been surgically repaired.
Our newly published shoulder stem cell study used the Regenexx-SD protocol and data collected at many Regenexx sites around the country on 115 procedures performed on 102 patients. Of note, the changes in the DASH score (the functional questionnaire commonly used for shoulder surgery studies) of approximately 19 points was almost double the minimum difference in this score. Good changes in pain and percentage improvement were reported despite many of these patients being shoulder replacement candidates.
Fluoroscopy Guides a Patient’s Joint Injection
Stem Cells are in all of us and they are responsible for healing injured bone, ligaments, tendons and tissues. They are the key component behind the Regenerative Procedures. As we get older or injured, we sometimes cannot get enough of these cells into the area in need. Our Regenerative Procedures help solve that problem by precisely delivering a high concentration of stem cells and growth factors into the injured area, aiding your body’s ability to heal naturally. Patients receiving Regenerative Procedures experience little or no down-time and typically avoid the long, painful rehabilitation periods to restore joint strength and mobility following invasive surgeries.
At Catalyst Pain Solutions, our Regenerative Stem Cell Procedures begin when the doctor takes some blood from a vein in your arm. These samples are then sent to the lab, which is part of our medical practice. Your cells are processed and then re-injected into the area in need of repair using imaging guidance (real time fluoroscopy or musculoskeletal ultrasound, using your MRI to plan the injection). They can either be processed the same day (U.S.) or cultured over a two-week span to get more cells (culturing only available through a company that has licensed the procedure for use at a Cayman Islands facility).
For the same day procedure, our trained staff uses our advanced clean room lab to isolate the mesenchymal stem cells sample. These cells are then injected back into the injured area on the same day, with natural growth factors found in your blood platelets. The goal is to deliver much greater numbers of stem cells to the injured area than your body would deliver on its own. For more detail about the procedure, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).
What makes Catalyst Pain Solutions’ Regenerative Stem Cell Procedures different than other same-day stem cell procedures being offered? First, we don’t use a one size fits all centrifuge to prepare cells, we use a sophisticated lab that is part of our medical practice. Second, while some practices add the birth of this “super platelet” mix was a series of lab experiments we ran in 2009. By mixing lab prepared PRP (slow release growth factors) and platelet lysate (immediately available growth factors), we were able to get adult stem cells to grow many times more than just PRP or platelet lysate alone.
The July 15th 2014 episode of The Doctor’s features a former two time Olympic pairs figure skater medalist, Lloyd Eisler who has had a failed rotator cuff surgery. Lloyd injured his shoulders while spending a lifetime lifting his skating partners and had a surgery several years ago. Now a father and active Hockey player, he reinjured his rotator cuff and was told he needed another surgery. His wife (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress-Kristy Swanson) knew an actor colleague who used the Regenexx procedure to successfully treat his rotator cuff, so Lloyd chose a non-surgical route this time.
Seattle King TV recently featured Regenexx patient Paul Lyon in this news segment. Lyon chose to undergo a Regenexx-SD procedure, rather than an invasive and traumatic joint replacement surgery. The story looks at his results and includes an interview with Dr. Christopher Centeno, founder of the Regenexx Procedures.