Stem Cell Therapy Miami

What is Stem Cell-Based Therapy?

Mesenchymal stem cells are used in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, such as arthritis, degenerative spinal discs, and sports injuries.  The goal is to enhance healing, reduce pain, and improve function.

Although the phrase “stem cells” is often used, the procedure involves grafting a small amount of body tissue that contain a variety of stem cell types that contribute to healing. These cells are usually harvested from pelvic bone marrow, which is known as bone marrow aspirate. These cells can also be harvested from a small amount of fat tissue from the abdomen or flank, which is known as autologous fat transfer, lipoaspirate, or MFAT (microfragmented adipose tissue). The bone marrow or adipose tissue is then injected into the painful area. 

Umbilical cord blood or tissue stem cells (Wharton’s Jelly) or injectable amniotic stem cell products CANNOT be used for orthopedic conditions under current FDA guidelines. These products are considered drugs and have to go through an FDA approval process. An experienced regenerative medicine specialist can best determine the type of treatment that is best for you after a proper evaluation and MRI review. Seek the care of a board-certified physician (MD or DO). The treatment can be done in the office with very little down time. Return to work the next day can be expected in most cases.

Hear CBS Sports Analyst and former NFL Linebacker Brian Jones describe his successful response to a single PRP treatment for a rotator cuff tear in his shoulder and a bone marrow aspirate stem cell therapy for a meniscal tear and arthritis in his knee. Both treatments were done by Dr. Alicia Carter.

Is Cell-Based Therapy Safe?

Bone marrow aspirate and lipoaspirate grafting, has been used for decades. However, it is still considered experimental in orthopedic and sports medicine. Cell-based therapy is usually not used as the first step in treating an orthopedic injury. The risk of bone marrow aspirate for cell-based therapy includes infection, prolonged bleeding, pain at the aspiration or donor site. A fat transfer procedure (MFAT), is also very safe. Potential risks include infection, bleeding and mild discomfort at the donor site.

The procedure is considered very safe when done by a licensed, physician (MD or DO) experienced with cell-based therapies. Chiropractors, nurses and physician assistants do not go through the same training as board-certified physicians and in many states are not allowed to provide such services.

Not everyone is a good candidate for cell-based therapy. A proper medical and orthopedic evaluation with imaging is strongly recommended.s

Why Choose Dr. Carter To Do My Cell-Based Treatment?

  • Dr. Carter is a Top Doctor and a regenerative medicine specialist. She has years of experience with both bone marrow aspirate and MFAT procedures. Her success rate with this form of stem cell therapy is over 90%.
  • While most physicians require multiple treatments, complete pain relief and improved function after just ONE treatment is often accomplished using Dr. Carter’s protocols.
  • Dr. Carter prescribes and uses medication to control injection-related pain before, during, and after the procedure for minimal discomfort.
  • Dr. Carter’s offers a complete treatment plan and makes lifestyle recommendations, so her patients get the best long-term results possible from their treatment.

Cell-Based Therapy - FAQ

Q: Can cell-based therapies be used to treat spine and joints?
A: Yes

Q: Does the procedure hurt?
A: If done with proper care and attention, both bone marrow aspirate and autologous fat transfer procedures can be done with minimal discomfort.

Q: Where do the stem cells come from?
A: Bone marrow of the pelvic bone or a small amount of abdominal fat are the usual sources. These are simple in office procedures. Dr. Carter combines MFAT and bone marrow aspirate with platelet rich plasma (PRP). One source of cells may be recommended over another depending on the patient’s age, the type of injury and other factors.  Umbilical cord tissue, (Wharton’s Jelly) and injectable amniotic products should not being used at this time in the United States, as they now require FDA approval.

Q: What is the down-time after cell-based therapy?
A: Down time can vary depending on the condition and the patient’s occupation. Most patients can return to work the next day. Exercise activity is often limited for 1-2 weeks after treatment.

Q: Will my insurance pay for cell-based therapy?
A: Insurances almost never pay for cell therapy for orthopedic conditions. 

Q: How much does cell-based therapy cost?
A: The cost of cell-based treatments can vary depending on the condition being treated and the source of the cells. Patients can use our contact form on our website to request an estimate.

Dr. Carter’s patient and respiratory therapist, Robert M. describes his successful response to a single stem cell treatment done with a lipoaspirate fat transfer procedure combined with PRP for knee arthritis.  His procedure was done in 2015, and he is still pain free after just ONE treatment! 

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Our Services

Dr. Carter has an excellent safety record and has taught injection techniques all across the country. Her expertise spans multiple areas including back and spine pain, joint and muscle plan, as well as PRP injections, and stem cell therapy injections.

Dr. Carter’s regenerative medicine protocols (platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapies) are backed by the latest scientific data.  Her pre-and post injection rehab programs and treatment plans are unique and specifically tailored to the individual patient’s goals and objectives.

Fitness and sports enthusiasts of all levels, from weekend warriors to professional athletes have benefited under Dr. Carter’s care.  Performing artists with career-threatening injuries have been able to return to their profession with Dr. Carter’s holistic approach to treatment. 

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