Regenerative medicine is fast gaining acceptance as an effective treatment tool that taps the human body’s own incredible resources. From platelets to stem cells, the power to heal on a cellular level is being harnessed by doctors like Edward Bustamante, DPM, allowing them to help their patients avoid invasive surgeries or prolonged recoveries. If you’re suffering from problems like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, or arthritis, and you’re located in the Miami area, call to see how regenerative medicine can help you. Or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Your blood contains four ingredients — red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. While your platelets are largely recognized for their role in clotting, they also contain a variety of proteins called growth factors. These growth factors stimulate cell renewal and proliferation in damaged tissue to help your body rebuild and repair itself.
With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Dr. Bustamante harnesses and redirects these growth factors to where you need it most. The first step is drawing some blood from you, which he places into a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. Once they’re isolated, Dr. Bustamante mixes the platelet concentrate (which is 5-10 times stronger than normal) back in with a small amount of your plasma and injects the resulting mixture directly into your damaged tissue.
Upon injection, the platelets begin to release growth factors that encourage cell renewal and repair.
Your body contains a medical marvel called stem cells, which are unlike your other cells in that they are undifferentiated. While most of the cells in your body are devoted to one task only, your stem cells can become different cells and multiply as that cell. Your stem cells are most powerful during fetal development, but some remain in your body and help with rebuilding and repairs. But these stem cells are weaker and not numerous enough to help with moderate-to-severe tissue damage.
To make up the difference, Dr. Bustamante uses placental tissue matrix (PTM) therapy, which taps the growth factors, collagen, extracellular proteins, and bioactive molecules naturally found in human placental tissue. These placental tissue components may provide your body with the resources it needs to reduce inflammation, restore tissue, reduce scarring, and alleviate pain.
Dr. Bustamante uses regenerative medicine to treat a host of podiatric issues, such as:
Given that stem cells and platelets are a natural resource, Dr. Bustamante turns to regenerative medicine anytime your tissue can use a healing boost and as a way to treat your condition without resorting to surgery.
If you’d like to explore how regenerative medicine can help you, call Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, or book an appointment using the online scheduler.