Stem Cell Injections Doctors / Surgeons Upper East Side NYC
Our NYC orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors who have gained specialist qualifications in sport medicine and orthopedic surgery and hold best in class qualifications. We provide expert diagnosis and management of all musculoskeletal injuries for both elite and recreational athletes but also acute and overuse injuries that occur at work or during everyday activities for patients all patients of all ages.
Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including surgery and stem cell injections, cortisone injections, cartilage grafting, gel injections, or platelet-rich plasma injections or “PRP injections”.
We offer full-out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Most policies reimburse patients for most of the cost of surgery. Our surgical coordinator will help you with a quote.
We are proud to offer our patients state-of-the-art biologics that can aid in rapid recovery which presents possible alternatives to surgical orthopedic procedures:
Stem Cell Therapy: Stem cells have shown exceptional promise in the treatment of orthopedic injuries. They are cells that have retained the ability to become many different types of cells. Because these cells can theoretically be utilized to grow new cartilage, bone or even organs, a substantial amount of research today is being directed at learning how these cells function.
The surgeons at Glashow orthopedics believe that the future of sports medicine and orthopedic surgery lies in the field of OrthoBiologics. Put simply, OrthoBiologics seeks to accelerate healing and recovery by maximizing the body’s ability to heal itself. Future treatments will be focused on providing an optimal environment for the healing process, allowing for faster recoveries and the regeneration of lost tissue. For this reason, our surgeons have embraced the latest Stem Cell and Orthobiologics techniques to offer our New York patients state of the art care and improved outcomes.
Stem Cells are commonly found in three places:
1. Bone Marrow
2. Adipose (Fat) tissue
3. Cord Blood
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells: Stem cells are located in all of the long bones, including the pelvis, femur, tibia and humerus. Bone Marrow derived stem cells are currently considered the best option for orthopedic procedures, because they are more closely related to bone and cartilage. They can be harvested through simple, minimally invasive procedures performed in the office or in the operating room. Once the cells are retrieved, they are taken to a special machine that removes other types of cells and are concentrated into a serum. This serum can then be injected into joints, fractures or muscle and tendon injuries.
Once inside the body, the stem cells are activated by growth factors. Growth factors are chemicals inside the human body that are responsible for directing the injury repair process. Growth factors occur naturally at areas of injury, or can be injected along with stem cells as part of a Platelet Rich Plasma preparation. (Insert hyperlink to prp) The growth factors tell the stem cells what type of cell to become.
Adipose Derived Stem Cells: Fat contains an even higher concentration of stem cells than bone marrow. These cells, however, are different from the ones found in bone marrow, and are easier to direct to become soft tissue cells, making them more ideal for general and plastic surgery applications. To get adipose derived stem cells to become bone or cartilage, special chemicals need to be added to the serum, making them less desirable for use in orthopedic injuries. These cells are harvested by removing some fat from the belly area, making the procedure very popular among most patients!
Cord Blood Stem Cells: These cells are harvested from the umbilical cord and placenta immediately following birth. Pregnancy is required to obtain these cells, but they are the most flexible cell type, being able to form nearly any other cell. For this reason, Cord Blood banking has become a popular option for new parents. The cells are harvested and cryogenically preserved in the event they will be needed later to treat a disease.
IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein): This protein is often confused with Stem Cells, and has been made popular recently by several high-profile professional athletes who have attempted to use it to extend their careers (Kobe Bryant hyperlink).
The inflammatory cytokine InterLeukin-1 (IL-1) has been implicated as an inducer of osteoarthritis in joints, playing a key role in the acceleration of soft tissue destruction. IL-1 is currently thought to be the primary mediator of breakdown of articular cartilage in diseased joints. IL-1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1RA), a small glycoprotein and a competitive inhibitor of IL-1, is thought to bind to IL-1 and halt its ability to further injure the joint. IRAP (InterLeukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) is a blood product created by incubating a patient’s blood for 24 hours in glass beads, then eluting and centrifuging the end product. It closely resembles PRP and is, in effect, a liquid NSAID, blocking the IL-1 mediate inflammatory pathway. In other words, IRAP is equivalent to “liquid Motrin” and will reduce pain and inflammation in the joint, but will do nothing to assist with healing or regeneration of tissue. For this reason, the surgeons at Glashow Orthopedics do not currently offer this procedure.
Cartilage Grafting: Cartilage grafting is a surgical procedure offered by our Upper East Side NYC orthopedic surgeons that replaces damaged cartilage with healthy cartilage. Cartilage grafting is performed to correct joint deformities and restore the weight-bearing capability of the affected joint. Cartilage grafting is indicated in patients with articular cartilage damage in the joint to restore normal functioning of the joint. We have used stem cell therapy for conditions of the shoulder, knee, and more.
Hylgan / Hyuloron Injections / “Gel Injections”: Hyaluronan is one of the components of synovial fluid, which lubricates and acts as a shock absorber within the knee joint. The main benefit of having an hylagan / hyuloron injection is that it supplements and/or replaces the synovial fluid within the knee-joint. Originally intended for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee it is also of value to our sports injury and knee patients and can result in relief from pain for up to 6 months.
Platelet-rich plasma injections or “PRP injections”: Platelet-rich plasma injections or PRP injections utilize the patient’s own blood platelets to promote rapid healing of wounds and soft tissue disorders as an alternative option to various necessary orthopedic surgery. PRP injections have been successfully used to help heal tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Our Orthopedic surgeons will determine if you are a candidate for this cutting edge procedure. In clinical studies PRP injections are showing measurable results of improved function and decreased pain in clinical studies. The healthy platelets are derived from the cells in your bone marrow along with red blood cells and plasma. In order to undergo PRP injections, the patient’s blood is drawn into a tube which is then “spun” or centrifuged to create the platelet-rich plasma. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the injured area under local anesthesia.
Our team of orthopedic surgeons, specialty nurses, physiotherapists and support staff are dedicated to managing your specific orthopedic surgery and working together to ensure your needs are exceeded from consultation to following surgical discharge. Our goal is to deliver premium orthopaedic care using the latest techniques and advancements to achieve the best outcomes and help people return to pain-free, functional lives. Please read some of our NYC Orthopedic Surgeon’s Top Reviews.
Our orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive surgical fracture care. Our philosophy of direct doctor to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected practices on the Upper East Side in NYC. Feel free to contact us today, at any time, and start yourself on the road to recovery.
Dr. Jonathan Glashow, MD
737 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021