What is Regenerative Medicine?
Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine is the field of medicine encompassing Stem Cell Science, Biologics, Growth Factors, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering.
Quite a vast array of scientific knowledge and research. From Sports Medicine, orthopedic pains, degenerative arthritis, to even growing body parts, it includes many areas of medicine.
Dennis M. Lox M.D. limits his practice to areas including musculoskeletal aches, orthopedic problems, Sports Medicine, and the problems encountered with aging joints, or degenerative arthritis.
Does Insurance pay for stem cells?
Office consultations are covered. The FDA has rules for unapproved therapies. The area of stem cells will mostly be deemed as a drug therapy. Your stem cells, and cells for sports injuries, joint problems, or arthritis are for use the same day with your cells, not anyone else’s cells. Outside of these FDA rules, and the treatment falls into the drug category, and it is not approved for these uses as a drug.
What is the difference in so called stem cells?
Embryonic stem cells refer to before birth. These are not to be used in the United States.
Perinatal tissues are from the newborn period.
This includes placenta, umbilical, and amniotic. These are tissue products not live stem cells, with the exception of 2 cord blood products approved as a drug therapy for hematologic conditions.
Why all the confusion?
There are so many new clinics calling themselves “stem cell” clinics, including some with chiropractors. There is much misinformation out there in this area. First, if it is a stem cell product from a perinatal source, the FDA considers this a drug that has undergone clinical safety trials. Currently in the United States there are two cord blood cell drugs approved for hematologic and immunocompromised states.
All other frequently touted products at seminars, salesmen, or on some internet sites claiming their stem cells are younger, and therefore better than yours, are actually not stem cell products. They are tissue grafts, which are approved in the United States as a medical device for conditions like wound healing. The FDA is very specific they must not claim to be stem cell products because they are not. That doesn’t stop the bad misinformation out there confusing many people.
What is Arthritis?
The most frequently seen Arthritis is degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis.
This can be viewed as a wear and tear condition.
What are the most frequently treated areas?
Knees, hips, shoulders, wrists, ankles, and spines.
What is the success rate of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Applications?
Beware of claims that sound too good to be true. Each patient is different. They have different levels of severity, complexity, goals, needs and desires. All are important to success. Dr. Lox does the procedure himself. He calls the process Personalized Medicine. Tailoring medical care to the needs of each patient. This is the practice of good quality medicine everyone desires. There is no one size fits all template for Regenerative Medicine.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is done under local anesthesia. It takes on averages around an hour and a half. All done the same day. You literally walk in, and walk out. No crutches, braces, or pain pills. Simple.
What is the difference between PRP and Stem Cells?
The simple answer is PRP is obtained from your blood and is a concentrated source of platelets. Platelets have growth factors which can aid healing, however PRP contains no Stem Cells. This limits what PRP can do from a Regenerative standpoint.
About Dennis M. Lox M.D.
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