Biologics are products derived from living organisms that contain components of that particular living organism. When you are a patient of Dr. Bennett, he typically uses your own cells and tissues to improve your body’s ability to heal. Generally, biologics fall into three categories:
One of the most common types of biologic treatments is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This treatment involves a quick blood draw, processing of your blood, and injection of the PRP solution. Additionally, sometimes Dr. Bennett uses patients’ bone marrow to derive stem cells. These cells are then used to augment graft repairs or reconstruction. Occasionally, he uses allograft or xenograft biologic scaffolds that provide a matrix allowing the body’s cells to populate and encourage healing. The stem cells and the scaffolds are used only in surgery.
Dr. Bennett may draw other biologic specimens — like stem cells — from your:
When you have an injury, particularly a sports injury, you’re going to have tissue damage. Soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments heal poorly, leaving lots of scar tissue behind. Scar tissue is an inferior tissue, since it’s not structurally as strong. Needless to say, you don’t want a lot of scar tissue to develop.
If you opt for biologic treatments like stem cell or PRP injections, your body regenerates new cells that are structurally identical to the cells that were damaged. For instance, if you have an injury to a tendon in your ankle, specialized biologic injections force your body to make new tendon cells. Your tendon should heal and be as good as new (if not stronger) after your treatment.
Because biologics involve your body’s own cells and tissues, you shouldn’t have any adverse effects. You don’t have to worry about having an allergic reaction or going through any sort of rejection period. Generally, the most common complaint is some pain and swelling at the injection site. But those adverse effects are only temporary and start to disappear as you begin to heal.
* This is a new technique and therefore, may not be covered by insurance. Cost will be discussed at the time of your visit.