Regenerative Medicine in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is a rapidly emerging field with the primary objective to improve functional outcomes by enhancing the overall healing leading to higher quality repair at the injured region or surgical site. In the professional, amateur or, or weekend athlete, Regenerative Medicine is used as an intermediate intervention for inflammatory or overuse injuries or as supportive therapy to surgical reconstruction.
In the King’s College Sports Medicine Centre, our experts are using different products to support healing of tendons, muscles, ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage.
Our Regenerative Medicine options include:
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
PRP is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein derived from the patient’s blood and is intended to introduce a concentrated mixture of platelets and growth factors into the healing environment to support normal cellular activity. At King’s we are using a mixture of PRP and hyaluronic acid (HA), as the latest research suggests that this combination is even more effectful compared to either of the products alone. HA is another natural substance that is found throughout our connective tissue. In the therapeutic form, HA has anti-inflammatory as well as regenerative effect which is nowadays not only used as a kind of lubricant for degenerated joints, but also has positive effect on the healing of tendons and ligaments.
Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells are usually taken from bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue. They have the potential to differentiate into several mature cell types, depending on the local environment. These cells can then aid in the healing of damaged tissue, promoting improved repair and function. At King’s we are offering advanced stem cell treatment using adipose (fat) tissue, which is usually harvested from under the skin of the patient’s abdomen. Depending on the techniques used, the harvested cells are either directly injected into the treatment area or are sent to a collaborating laboratory. There they are then isolated and multiplied in numbers, and after around 10 days, a high number of cells are injected in the treatment area.