What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they work to restore tissue and organ function. This can be done through cell-based therapy or by using cell products, such as growth factors. Amniotic tissue injections are an example.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells in the body that have the potential of becoming any type of cell that is necessary. They can become skin cells, brain cells, organ cells, cartilage cells, in addition to a multitude of other cell types. Therefore, they are ideal of treatment of diseases where cell function has gone awry.
Why are stem cells used in regenerative medicine?
Stem cells are able to regenerate into different types of cells, through a process called differentiation. When stem cells are transferred into a part of the body where tissue is damaged, they begin to make more of that type of cell through differentiation. This process supports restoration of the tissue. Stem cells are a key component in the advancement of regenerative medicine, as they open the door to new clinical applications.
Regenerative procedures for orthopedic conditions
- Osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis of joints
- Tendon injuries
- Degenerative disc issues
What is ReNu™?
ReNu is a regenerative medicine product used to provide relief for osteoarthritis and orthopedic pain. ReNu is made from amniotic tissue donated after a baby is born via C-section. The natural ingredients in ReNu have been used in healthcare for over 100 years.
How does ReNu work?
ReNu contains multiple anti-inflammatory and other healing factors that stimulate tissue regeneration and lubricate adult joints.
ReNu is administered via injection and is an outpatient treatment administered in either of our practice locations. ReNu has been shown to provide relief for up to one year, which may help you avoid other treatment options such as prescription pain medication, steroid injections, and may even delay or eliminate the need for surgery.
What is ReNu used for?
The physicians at Alexander Orthopaedics use ReNu to offer patients relief from pain and promote healing for a number of orthopedic conditions.
- Osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, ankles, hands, and wrists
- Partial rotator cuff tear
- Sports injuries
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Other orthopedic injuries