Stem Cell Therapy in Seattle, WA
CurPoint Orthopedic is establishing itself as a leading provider of innovative technologies in the rapidly emerging field of orthopedic regenerative medicine. By using your own stem cells, CurPoint’s approach empowers your body to heal itself—through orthopedic non-operative treatment that repairs, restores or replaces damaged cells to alleviate your discomfort. To learn more, please call us at (206) 309-8106.
The CurPoint Difference: Technology
CurPoint Orthopedic was founded by orthopedic surgeons who have performed thousands of complex surgeries in hospitals all around the world. Highly technical procedures like fracture fixation, total joint replacements, and rotator cuff repairs require state-of-the-art technology to meet our exacting standards. Our patients should expect nothing less. Thus, every piece of equipment used in our outpatient CurPoint centers is identical to what we would use in a hospital operating room setting. It’s simple. Better technology means better results.
The Ziehm™ Solo is a versatile mobile C-arm that allows instant image data by means of a low-dose non-invasive x-ray technique during all cell-based medicine procedures. By viewing a full-size monitor with intuitive touchscreen user interface, we can literally see inside the human body. We can track the trajectory and location of every instrument we use throughout the procedure in real-time. There is never any guesswork. But the Ziehm Solo isn’t just for procedures, it can also be used for diagnostic purposes. Any joint—large or small—can be thoroughly assessed for arthritis or instability before, during and after a cell-based procedure.
EmCyte™ Corporation is the world leader in Platelet Rich Plasma and Progenitor Stem Cell Biologics with products that meet the highest achievable performance standard. EmCyte is our source for PurePRP™ SupraPhysiologic. It has the perfect cellular composition at ideal concentrations, providing upwards of 9 billion platelets in a 7ml sample. The platelet alpha granules contain various platelet growth factors that can promote tissue repair along with platelet cytokines that can provide the chemical stimulus needed to attract and direct regenerative cells to injured tissue.
EmCyte™ Corporation is the world leader in PureBMC™ and leads all point-of-care bone marrow systems, with supraphysiologic procurement and quiescent cell collection. These donor cells obtained from bone marrow, consist of hematopoietic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells and total nucleated cells. The mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including cartilage, bone, muscle, and tendon. These viable MSCs have powerful proliferative capabilities that aid in regenerative therapies.
Mindray M7™ Ultrasound
Medical ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique based on the application of ultrasonic waveforms. It is used to see internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. CurPoint Orthopedic uses the Mindray M7™, one of the most advanced ultrasonic platforms on the market.
Our comprehensive evaluative service includes a thorough ultrasonic assessment of our patients’ musculoskeletal conditions. This ultrasonic information will be captured digitally and overread by a qualified radiologist. The reports will then be placed in our patients’ confidential and secure electronic medical records files. Ultrasound will also be deployed for panoramic imaging and needle placement guidance during the stem cell harvesting and injection phases of our cell-based medicine procedures.
Trice Medical mi-eye 2™
As an adjunct in both the diagnostic and injection phases, CurPoint Orthopedic has the option of using a ground-breaking minimally invasive needle arthroscopy tool called mi-eye 2™. This revolutionary product, developed by Trice Medical, is FDA cleared for the use in diagnostic and operative arthroscopic and endoscopic procedures to provide illumination and visualization of joints. A wide 120 degree viewing angle gives surgeons an expanded perspective to visualize and confirm joint injuries.
By using a Small-Bore Needle Arthroscope under local anesthetic, we can look directly inside joints in an office setting. In some cases, we have the option of using the mi-eye 2™ to assist in the guidance of our stem cell injections.
This in-office imaging solution allows surgeons to perform a full diagnostic arthroscopy on an HD tablet. This all new technology allows surgeons to provide real-time analysis, while simultaneously saving and sharing images and video.
What is the advantage to using my own stem cells?
The promising field of cell-based medicine holds great potential for early-intervention treatments to cure or mitigate the effects of degenerative diseases and traumatic injury. By using your own stem cells, CurPoint’s approach empowers your body to heal itself— through orthopedic non-operative treatment that repairs, restores or replaces damaged cells to alleviate your discomfort. There is never introduction of foreign materials into your body from outside cell banks or from elsewhere. There is nothing for your body to reject; these are your cells. Our vision is truly all about you.
What should I know about stem cells?
It should be emphasized that the use of mesenchymal stem cells for musculoskeletal conditions is still in the investigative phase. What we know for certain is that our adult stem cell populations decline as we age. We also know that the potency of our stem cells declines with age. Both these factors make us less efficient at repairing injuries to our musculoskeletal systems. Stem cells work in two ways: 1) they can renew themselves and multiply before differentiating into the type of tissue that needs repair; 2) they can secrete biochemicals that help establish a regenerative microenvironment at sites of tissue injury or damage. Thus, the near-and long-term goal of the procedure is to establish a regenerative microenvironment using your body’s autologous adult mesenchymal stem cells to naturally heal, restore, regenerate, and renew damaged areas. In doing so, it is our hope that your pain will be lessened, and your function and quality of life will be improved. Stem cells have great potential, and there have been clinical studies that show promising results, but more research is necessary.
Why is bone marrow the gold standard for stem cells?
Orthopedic surgeons have been using bone marrow derived stem cells for decades in the treatment of complex fractures, defects caused by bone tumors, and spinal fusions. Bone marrow is ideal for orthopedic uses because it contains large quantities of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs give rise to a variety of cell types, like bone cells (osteoblasts) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes). These cell types are important in fracture healing, spinal fusions, and articular cartilage repair. As important, MSCs also secrete bioactive factors that serve as biologic medicinal agents to modulate the immune response, stimulate new blood vessel formation, and encourage other local stem cells to differentiate into the types of repair cells that are most needed.
From a regulatory perspective, bone marrow derived stem cells are ideal. 1) The FDA does not consider them drugs since they are derived from the patient’s own natural reserves without the disruption of the donor tissue; 2) The FDA does not consider them to be more than minimally manipulated when they are centrifuged; 3) The FDA recognizes that they can become cell types that resemble the same cell types from which they are harvested; 4) The FDA recognizes that they are re-injected into the target tissue during the same surgical setting, thus, they are regulated as any other surgical procedure would be.