Advanced Treatment Options
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. These platelets include bioactive proteins that initiate connective tissue healing such as bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair. PRP can be injected in tendons and ligaments all over the body, which can help with sports injuries and more specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints and many other damaged ligaments and tendons. Patients see significant improvement immediately, which may eliminate the need for aggressive treatments, such as long term medication or surgery.
Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
Autologous chondrocyte implantation is a procedure to treat damaged cartilage in localized areas of the knee. The first step involves collecting a patient’s own cartilage cells. These cells are then sent to a laboratory to grow a large number of healthy cartilage cells. It typically takes about four to six weeks to grow enough cells before the implantation can take place. Once the new cells are ready, the implantation involves surgery to harvest periosteum tissue and implant the cells. The tissue is used as a patch over the area of damaged cells in the knee. The new cultured cells are injected under the patch that will hold them in place. This is a significant procedure, and patients should expect a lengthy healing time with intense physical therapy. However, the treatment may be an alternative for younger, active patients who are not appropriate for a total knee replacement.
O-arm Technology for Spine Surgery
O-arm technology is the most advanced and accurate imaging system available, allowing for greater precision, safety and accuracy in spine surgery. The CT scan provides three-dimensional imaging guidance during surgery so that neurosurgeons can visualize the patient’s anatomy while safely placing instrumentation, ensuring that implants are precisely positioned. Additionally, following the placement of spinal hardware such as plates and screws, the O-arm can be used for confirmation that the implants are perfectly positioned before the surgery is completed. The O-arm is especially useful for maximally invasive spine surgery but can also be used for minimally invasive procedures.