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Use your own stem cells to heal and regenerate your body without surgery. 90% of injuries can be treated non-surgically.

Healing with Stem Cells

Ben Leber’s Stem Cell Treatment

Ben Leber 3 months after Stem Cell Treatment

Stem Cell Treatments Pioneered in Rochester, MN

Dr. Baumgartner was the first Minnesota physician to bring stem cell treatments to the upper midwest, by partnering with Regenexx® five years ago. Dr. Baumgartner saw the promising effects of what a patient’s own stem cells could do to promote healing and repair and decided to offer this non-invassive procedure.

Stem Cell Treatments

Regenexx® Stem Cell Treatments: Unlike a standard stem cell procedure, Rejuv Medical has learned to take this procedure a step further and has launched a version of advanced stem cell and platelet procedures from Regenexx®. Though these procedures can not guarantee results for all, there have been many studies done that are proving the results are effective and worthy of practicing. Rejuv Medical continues to strive in pioneering the field of Regenerative Medicine. Before we can understand how stem cells work, we need to understand how the healing process happens in our bodies and what platelets and stem cells are responsible for in our bodies.

Knee Surgery vs. Stem Cells

Rotator Cuff Targeted Stem Cells

How to Avoid Meniscus Surgery

Alternative Treatments For:

Knee Pain

Knee Surgery Alternatives are breakthrough, non-surgical stem cell treatments for people suffering from knee pain due to common injuries or other degenerative problems. If you have encountered a knee injury to the meniscus, ACL, or MCL, or have chronic knee pain due to a past injury or osteoarthritis (also known as “degenerative joint disease” or “wear and tear arthritis of the knee”), you may be a good candidate for the Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment. Traditional options for patients suffering from these issues include arthroscopic knee surgery to repair ligament tears, or total knee joint replacement. With both surgeries, months of rehab are required, and the patient must be aware of and prepared to take on the risks. As a knee surgery alternative, the Regenerative Stem Cell-SD procedure may help alleviate knee pain and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection procedure. Patients are encouraged to walk the same day, and most experience little to no down time from the procedure.

Ankle Pain / Injury Surgery

Ankle Surgery Alternatives are breakthrough, non-surgical stem cell treatments for people suffering from ankle pain due to common injuries and other degenerative joint disorders. If you suffer from chronic ankle pain from cartilage loss in the joint, or pain and instability from partially torn or overstretched ligaments, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Ankle Ligament Tears, Sprains and Instability of the Ankle Joint When the ligaments that hold the bones of the ankle joint together are partially torn or stretched, as in the case of a bad sprain or repeated minor sprains, they can become painful, loose, and weak.  This changes how you walk, putting painful stress on other joints of the foot, as well as making it more likely that you will sprain the ankle again.  This leads to a cycle of chronic pain and instability. Osteoarthritis of the Ankle Osteoarthritis of the ankle usually occurs in ankles that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. A smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, called articular cartilage, acts as a protective cushion between bones. Arthritis develops as the cartilage begins to deteriorate or is lost. As the articular cartilage is lost, the joint space between the bones narrows. This is an early symptom of osteoarthritis of the ankle and is easily seen on X-rays. As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, becoming grooved and fragmented. The surrounding bones react by becoming thicker. They start to grow outward and form spurs. The synovium (a membrane that produces a thick fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and keep it slippery) becomes inflamed and thickened. It may produce extra fluid, which causes additional swelling. The Regenerative Stem Cell Alternative to Ankle Surgery Current surgical treatment options for common injuries and problems include ankle arthroscopy to “clean up” damaged cartilage, fusion of ankle bones where cartilage has been lost, and tendon grafts screwed in place to strengthen loose connections between bones. All are painful and may not be that effective in the long run. These surgeries typically involve a painful post surgical recovery with a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the ankle. As an alternative to ankle surgery, the Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment may help alleviate pain and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection procedure. Patients are typically encouraged to walk the same day, and most experience little to no down time from the procedure. Ankle Surgery Alternative for Torn or Sprained Ligaments, Cartilage Loss, Arthritis and Degenerative Ankle Joint Conditions

Shoulder Pain / Rotator Cuff Surgery

Shoulder Surgery Alternatives are breakthrough, non-surgical stem-cell treatments for people suffering from shoulder pain due to common injuries and other problems. If you have encountered an injury to the rotator cuff, or experience pain related to shoulder tendonitis, tendenosis, arthritis or bursitis, you may be a good candidate for the Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment. Shoulder pain is a very common complaint, but shoulder surgery is particularly difficult due to the complexity of the joint. Post-surgical recovery can be painful and typically requires a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the shoulder. As an alternative to shoulder surgery, Regenerative Stem Cell Treatments may help alleviate shoulder pain and the conditions that cause it with a simple office injection procedure. Patients typically experience little to no down time from the procedure.

Hand Surgery

Hand and Thumb Surgery Alternatives are breakthrough, non-surgical stem cell treatments for people suffering from pain or reduced range of motion due to common injuries, basal joint arthritis / osteoarthritis, or other degenerative problems in the hand. Thumb arthritis (or basal joint arthritis) can appear early in life.  Because of the constant swiveling and pivoting motions of the basal joint–the joint at the base of the thumb, or thumb CMC (carpometacarpal) joint–the thumb joint tends to wear out easily. Basal joint arthritis is also common in people who have osteoarthritis. One way to treat this condition is with total joint reconstruction surgery.  While surgery may improve the condition for some, this is not the case for all. New problems in the thumb joint may redevelop over time, causing such symptoms as numbness or tenderness. Rejuv Medical’s Non-Surgical Orthopedic Clinic utilizes your own stem cells to help repair damaged areas that are causing pain.

Back Pain / Surgery

Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP is a non-surgical treatment option for patients suffering from bulging lumbar disc and herniated lumbar disc related problems. The procedure is intended to help patients avoid lower back surgery or high dose steroid epidural injections and their side effects. Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP is an advanced platelet injection procedure that can offer relief from lower back pain, buttock and leg pain, or numbness and tingling in the legs or feet. It is minimally invasive with a very limited recovery period. Benefits of Treating Bulging / Herniated Discs with Stem Cells:

  • Most low back surgery patients endure lengthy and painful recovery periods. The Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP procedure is an out-patient “walk-in/walk-out” injection procedure where patients can immediately return to activity as tolerated.
  • Traditional low back surgery can cut through important muscles and has a high complication rate.  Depending on the type of surgery, serious complications can be as high as 3-5 people in 100.  Since the Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP procedure is performed through an injection, there is no damage to important back muscles.  The possibility for complications are similar to other types of injections.
  • Platelets contain growth factors that can help new blood vessels grow. We believe poor blood supply is at the heart of why many patients with chronically pinched low back nerves fail to heal. While traditional low back surgery typically weakens the disc, the Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP procedure may aide in healing the disc.
  • Because of the ability of platelets to help healing, the amount of anti-inflammatory used in this procedure is about 1,000,000 times less than traditional lumbar epidural steroid injections. This special nanogram dose is similar to the normal physiologic dose of anti-inflammatories usually found in your body and in animal studies has shown to help stem cell function, rather than inhibit it like high dose steroids. Regenerative Stem Cell-SCP patients can avoid the many risks associated with high dose steroid epidural injections.
  • Unlike PRP, which based on our lab experience causes stem cells in culture to grow less quickly, platelet lysate quickly accelerates stem cell growth. This is because all of the growth factors in the platelets become immediately available to the local stem cells.
Non-Union Fractures Treatment

Surgery Alternatives for Non-Union Fractures are breakthrough, non-surgical stem cell treatments for people suffering from non-healing fractures. The Regenerative Stem Cell-SD approach works without surgery by amplifying the concentration of a person’s own stem cells in the problem area, boosting the body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Traditional options for the treatment of non-union fractures typically involves surgery, which can be painful and require months of rehab with no guarantees of success. As an alternative to surgery, Regenerative Stem Cell-SD treatment patients typically experience little to no down time from the procedure. Most bone fractures heal without difficulty. However, fractures that demonstrate motion of the bony ends and incomplete healing more than 6 months after injury are called non-union fractures. Of the estimated 6 million bone fractures in the United States each year, approximately 300,000 will develop slow (delayed union) or incomplete healing (nonunion). The reasons for a non-union (or failed) fracture may include:

  • Complicated, multisegemental factures (severe comminution)
  • Open fractures
  • Fractures associated with tumors (pathologic fractures)
  • Infection
  • Insufficient fracture immobilization (fixation)
  • Inadequate blood supply
  • Poor nutrition
  • Chronic disease states (diabetes, renal failure, metabolic bone disease)

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How do stem cells work to heal the body?

Stem cells are your bodies natural healing cells that are acting daily to make minor repairs to your joints, ligaments, tendons and other tissue. Sometimes the repair process gets overwhelmed by the degenerative process and breakdown and aging/arthritis develops in the joint. By harvesting your bodies own stem cells and concentrating them we can reverse the degenerating process and actually heal degenerating joints and tissue. At Rejuv Medical we do not use a commercial bedside, one size fits all centrifuge machine. We harvest the stem cells from your own bone marrow and then carefully separate the layers of cells in a sterile hood so we can get the purest and highest concentration of cells to treat your specific condition. To augment the healing process for maximal healing, we mix the stem cells with long acting platelets, platelet lysate, and immediate growth factors. Our treatments are tailored to your injury and personal needs. We also look at the nerves surrounding the joint that can impair a regenerative process as well as maximize healing with a functional medicine evaluation prior to any treatment. We know that it is not just injecting cells, but also maximizing and enhancing your bodies response to the treatment

What are stem cells and platelets and how do they aid each other in the healing process?

A STEM CELL is a cell formed in bone marrow created with the purpose to heal and repair areas in our body.  PLATELETS also aid in this process by initiating the repair process and signaling repair cells like STEM CELLS to attach to the degenerated or injured tissue to bind and repair. stem-cell-healing The healing process involves a complex intercommunication between a wide variety of cells in our body. Routinely the healing cascade happens in three stages: Inflammation, Proliferation, and Remodeling. The irony behind an injury is that many healthcare professionals look at inflammation as a negative response from the body that must be stopped. Ibuprofen is often recommended to slow down the inflammation.  Studies confirm that anti-inflammatory medications slow down the healing process and impair healing.  Controlled inflammation is actually needed to augment the natural repair and healing process in our bodies.  Imagine there were three gears to power your healing response. Each gear is dependent on the process that precedes it.  Healing needs Inflammation to start the repair process, followed by Proliferation to grow new healthy tissue and Remodeling to strengthen and mature the injured and degenerated area.

A non-surgical treatment for pain, injury & arthritis

It is an exciting time in orthopedics as we no longer need to rely on surgery or pain medications to treat injuries, pain and arthritis.  In fact recent studies looking at knee scope “clean out” surgeries and knee meniscal surgeries actually show no better outcome then exercise alone and after surgery the risk of developing arthritis in that joint actually increases.  We now have the technology and research to support the use of STEM CELLS and PLATELETS to reverse joint degeneration from arthritis to ligament and meniscal tearing.  Click here to show a list of conditions treated with Regenerative procedures.

Platelets & stem cells for tissue regeneration & remodeling

cell-transduction 1.   Growth factors released from activated platelets bind to cell membrane to activate genes controlling mitosis. Notice the different codes of receptors along the membrane of the cell. The platelets match the receptors to signal the appropriate regeneration or transformation process to the Stem Cell. 2.   Before signaling here is a growth factor from a platelet. 3.   Notice the small size of the Receptor Tyrosine Kinases before activation occurs. 4.   Growth Factor binds to the receptors 5.   Activation happens in the Receptor Tyrosine Kinases. Notice how it is enlarged. 6.   The scaffolding is built and the signal pathway is switched on and the receptor activates the secondary messenger proteins. 7.   Secondary messenger proteins now have the power to enter the nucleus to affect expression of genes. 8.   This expression of genes is what triggers the appropriate cell division.

Platelets & stem cells for tissue regeneration & remodeling

cell-transduction 1.   Growth factors released from activated platelets bind to cell membrane to activate genes controlling mitosis. Notice the different codes of receptors along the membrane of the cell. The platelets match the receptors to signal the appropriate regeneration or transformation process to the Stem Cell. 2.   Before signaling here is a growth factor from a platelet. 3.   Notice the small size of the Receptor Tyrosine Kinases before activation occurs. 4.   Growth Factor binds to the receptors 5.   Activation happens in the Receptor Tyrosine Kinases. Notice how it is enlarged. 6.   The scaffolding is built and the signal pathway is switched on and the receptor activates the secondary messenger proteins. 7.   Secondary messenger proteins now have the power to enter the nucleus to affect expression of genes. 8.   This expression of genes is what triggers the appropriate cell division.

Cell remodeling with help from stem cells & platelet rich plasma (PRP)

cell-remodeling When an injury occurs the body sends a healing response and increases blood flow. Platelets are present and begin to repair the damaged tissues. (Figure 1) But notice what happens in figure 2. When we apply PRP or Platelet Rich growth factors to the damaged tissue we have a better cell scaffold for tissue regeneration and repair by reducing the red blood cell pollution. We can even take it a step further and add Stem Cells to increase the cell remodeling, as you will see in diagram 3. The environment in diagram 3 is significantly more conducive to tissue repair than shown in diagram 1.

What are stem cells? Are there difference stem cells or are they all the same?

There are different types of stem cells in our bodies. There are Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) which turn into new blood cells, but can also help establish much needed blood supply to the healing cascade. In the HSC family there are Pluripotential Hematopietic Stem Cells, Myeloid Stem Cells, and Lymphoid Stem Cells. Because these cells can be found in your blood, some physicians who practice Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) will refer to PRP as Stem Cell PRP or Advanced PRP. However, blood based stem cells HSCs only increase blood flow and respond very differently than Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). Mesenchymal Stem Cells can be harvested from adipose / fat tissue on the body, or from the bone marrow of the hip. Research has very little data to show the effectiveness of the fat derived stem cells, whereas the research is strong when studies were performed using bone marrow harvested mesenchymal stem cells. This is why Rejuv Medical uses the MSCs derived from bone marrow in all stem cell based regenerative procedures. platelets-resting-graphic

So as long as I can get stem cells and platelets into my damaged tissue then I should see healing take place, correct?

No.  This is where an experienced and well a trained physician comes into the picture. platelets and stem cells exist in two states: a resting state and an active state. The cells simply exist in our body in the resting state until called upon by the body to move into the active state.  The cells need to be delivered using guidance to the joint and supporting tissues around the joint to achieve maximum healing.  Simply injecting dormant cells into the body may not be enough to achieve the desired results. A trained physician, such as those here at Rejuv Medical, use a patented technique that encourages these cells to activate and presume the pseudopod formation (active state) in or around the damaged tissue. By injecting not only the joint but the damaged and weak tissues surrounding the joint, Rejuv’s results are life changing and can be heard and seen in the video testimonies of our patients or the written success stories of our patients.

Are these the same stem cells used that are controversial?

No. As we covered above, there are many types of adult stem cells. The cells used in these procedures are autologous cells, meaning our body’s own cells. These cells have no controversy surrounding them. These cells are not artificially grown or manipulated in a lab and are not embryonic cells taken from embryos.

Are there studies that support the effectiveness of stem cells in healing the body?

Yes. There are several studies that have been done supporting stem cell regenerative medicine. Keep in mind, these studies were done using the stem cells harvested from bone marrow. There is not a significant amount of research that has been done using stem cells derived from fat. We have organized the research for you here. Rejuv Medical is an evidence-based clinic. Everything we do has data to support it..

Which physicians are trained to perform stem cell treatments?

Both Joel Baumgartner, M.D. , Heidi Robertson, M.D., and Janna Vilen, M.D. are trained to perform this procedure.

Are patients having success with stem cell regenerative therapies?

Yes, when appropriately diagnosed and treated, many patients are having great results with stem cell therapies. Here are written success stories. Here are video success stories.

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