Frequently Asked Questions about Orthobiologic Treatments
The treatments are done in the office, unless you have having the treatment done in conjunction with surgery. In those cases, the treatments are done in the operating room, at the time of surgery, because the prepared cells are applied directly into the body, to the treatment area.
Ultrasound guidance is used to place the prepared cells into the area using a specially designed syringe.
Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments usually are associated with only a minimal amount of discomfort. Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) treatments are done under a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. You may experience discomfort after the anesthetic has worn-off, and your physician will help you manage any pain with additional medications - usually in the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
These are all outpatient procedures which result in minimal down-time for the patient. With Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), patients usually return to normal activity the same day. With Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) treatments, you can usually return to normal activities within 2-3 days.
Every case is unique. Your physician will work with you to determine the type and number of treatments for your case. Typically, patients receive one to three treatments over a period of a month or two.
This depends on the extent of your disease or injury, as well as your overall health. Typically, you will begin to see results within a week of treatment with continued improvement during a period of up to three months following the treatments.
Since you are using your body’s own natural properties, side effects are very uncommon. You may experience some soreness and/or swelling where the cells are injected. This lasts only a day or so. Your doctor will instruct you on how to minimize discomfort and swelling.
While these treatments have been available for years, they represent an emerging area of medicine. Therefore, insurance coverage for these procedures varies by carrier. If coverage is not available for you, your physician can discuss all of your options.
Treatment costs vary based upon the type(s) of therapies utilized as well as the number of treatments. Once the physisican evaluates your needs, you will receive an accurate cost estimate.
It depends on the injury—its location, its severity, and your individual response to the treatments. Your doctor will evaluate your particular situation and tell you how much healing to expect.
These treatments may give you enough benefit that joint replacement can be delayed. For some, the treatments may give enough benefit that surgery can be avoided. Each person is different, and your doctor will help you decide what is best for you.
Thank you for being a blood donor! This will not be a problem. Talk with your doctor about timing your donation so that it does not interfere with your treatment.
For office-based treatments, you will receive only local anesthetic, which will not affect your ability to drive. However, if the treatment area is used in driving, stay safe and arrange for a ride home. If your treatment is done in conjunction with surgery, yes, you will need a ride home.
Talk with your doctor before discontinuing any medications.