Regenerative Medicine Program

Non-surgical solutions for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries

Regenerative Medicine is one of the most exciting and promising avenues of treatment today. It relies on the body's natural ability to heal itself and targets the use of a person's own cells to restore damaged tissues - including tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone - following a sports, spine or orthopedic injury.

Under the direction of Gerard Malanga, M.D., Kessler's Regenerative Medicine Program offers a viable alternative to surgery for individuals with orthopedic, tendon or ligament injuries, degenerative joint conditions, osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis. More specifically, this treatment may help individuals with:

  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Jumper's Knee
  • Labral Tears (Shoulder/Hip)
  • Ligament Injuries/Sprains
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meniscal tears (knee)
  • Plantar Faciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendon injuries/tears (Achilles, Patella, Rotator cuff)
  • Tennis Elbow

How Regenerative Medicine Works

Following an injury, our own cells, called autologous cells, and blood platelet-derived growth factors - the proteins that regulate cell growth - help our bodies to mend. Often, however, there is a lack of these cells in the injured area to support healing. Regenerative cell therapies, also known as stem cell treatments, can help.

Using ultrasound and/or x-ray guidance, a physician precisely places a high concentration of an individual's own stem cells and/or platelets in the damaged area to assist the natural healing process. Patients typically experience minimal down time and avoid the lengthy recovery that comes with more invasive surgeries.

Treatment Options

A variety of treatment options are available to help individuals recover their strength, mobility and function. Depending on the type of injury and other medical factors, these are some of the most effective treatments available.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
    PRP uses concentrated platelets from the patient's own blood to harness the body's ability to heal through the aid of growth factors. Blood is drawn from a vein in the arm and processed to separate the platelets. The PRP is then injected into the damaged connective tissues - ligaments and tendons - to stimulate recovery. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can speed the healing process.

  • Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate
    Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) is a non-surgical regenerative cellular procedure that helps to accelerate healing in patients who have osteoarthritis, cartilage injuries and other orthopedic conditions. BMAC is a concentrate of regenerative stem cells obtained from a patient's own bone marrow, and like PRP, utilizes the body's intrinsic healing potential. In most cases, this highly effective procedure can be done with minimal discomfort.

  • Lipogems®
    Lipogems is an innovative gentle process that uses your own fat tissue to cushion and support injured or damages areas as your body heals itself. Fat is taken from the stomach or thigh under a local anesthetic, and cleansed with a special FDA-approved device. The harvested fat is then injected into the injured area using ultrasound guidance. This treatment is especially effective for soft tissue injuries, such as partial rotator cuff tears, patella tendon tears, labral tears, meniscal tears, and arthritis of the knee. The Lipogems device was recognized as one of the Eleven Best Sports Medicine Technologies for 2016 by Orthopedics this Week.

For More Information

For more information about Kessler's Regenerative Medicine Program, available at our West Orange campus, contact us at 973.243.6943.