How long does a typical non-surgical stem cell treatment take at RMI?

Typically, the entire process takes less than an hour. The longest part is the decision making process between the patient and the doctors because they must review films and physical exams.

The actual procedure takes 20 – 30 minutes.

How long is the typical recovery time after a non-surgical joint treatment using the Riordan treatment protocol?

Injecting 5-10 cc of product into a joint can provoke an inflammatory response (swelling) for several days.

For a knee, a patient usually has it wrapped up or uses a TED hose and we normally recommend cautious weight bearing for the first few days.

Usually, within 2 to 5 days there is no injection site pain, no residual swelling and no real functional limitations.

What is the biggest advantage of using the Riordan stem cell protocol?

The biggest advantage of this non-surgical procedure is, under the right circumstances, avoiding surgery.

The best example of this in the literature is with tennis elbow. It got that name because it was ruining tennis players’ careers. They couldn’t squeeze a racket or hit a backhand. Once this situation turns chronic it’s very difficult to treat. Even with surgical reconstruction, 20% of patients never return to normal.

We published a case study about an Achilles’ tendon patient with a 10-year history of a chronic full thickness, inter-tendinous disruption that prevented her from playing tennis, shopping longer than 20 to 30 minutes or even walking on uneven terrain like cobblestone streets.

After one stem cell injection into the inner substance of her Achilles’ tendon, she was back playing tennis after 10 weeks, and at 7 months, she showed no signs of changes within the tendon on MRI. She had complete tendon homogeneity and was completely healed.

In our practice, it’s common to for these patients to recover after non-surgical treatment without a splint or arm sling. They are typically doing stretches immediately after the injection. The day after that, they must ice their elbow. For the next several weeks, all they have to do is avoid heavy lifting, pushing or pulling. It’s common for these patients to regain normal function in 4 to 6 weeks.

What are the biggest advantages of stem cell-augmented surgery?

The latest technological advances are utilized at Riordan Medical Institute to try and correct the problem and shorten the healing time. This also affects the overall complication rate. The best example is a big surgery like an ACL reconstruction. The average healing time for ACL surgery is 369 days and during that time, patients are at increased risk of rupture and failure.

RMI ACL patients have healed in as little as 16 to 20 weeks after treatment. They have greatly reduced complication risk and can return to their normal activities much sooner.

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Our protocols also reduce post-surgery inflammation, which increases patient comfort and speeds up the onset of the regenerative healing process.

Lastly, the proprietary technology enables surgeons to reconstruct tendons like the ACL using the largest, strongest tendon replacement without having to weaken another part of the patient’s body, which happens when doctors remove part of one tendon to repair another one.

How does Riordan Medical Institute determine whether I need surgery or whether I can be helped with a non-surgical intervention?

RMI offers patients trained orthopedic specialists and surgeons who are teaming up with Neil Riordan, PA, PhD, a pioneer in applied stem cell therapy research.

Our medical staff will assess the patient’s history, review their MRI and speak with the patient. The doctor’s objective is to perform the least invasive, most effective procedure possible.

The key is that at RMI, we can provide either non-surgical stem cell injections, stem cell-augmented surgery, or a combination of both. Plenty of clinics and hospitals offer traditional arthroscopic surgery. At others, patients can get a stem cell injection but that’s the only solution offered, even when it might not ideal.

The difference at RMI is that we provide both stem cell injections and traditional arthroscopic surgery, and we know when a patient might need one, the other or both.

The question is, “Will a shot help me or do I need surgery in combination with shots?” At RMI, we help patients choose the appropriate intervention for their unique condition and situation.

At RMI, all options are on the table for every patient.

How can cell therapy help me?

Cell therapy may help to re-vascularize and deliver oxygen to the tissues, reduce inflammation, and prevent cell death. It may help damaged tissue repair itself.

Is this procedure FDA approved?

All of our bone marrow procedures are same-day procedures that are compliant with CFR 21 Part 1271, falling under the same surgery exemption discussed in 1271.15 (b).

Amniotic tissue, such as the tissue we use, has been used since 1910 in the US and is now FDA-exempt for treating wounds and other conditions. It was first used for treating eye problems, primarily corneas and is still widely used in ophthalmology today.

Our Vertical Axis Centrifuge has received 501(k) clearance from the US FDA.

Will this treatment work for me?

While the majority of our patient report improvements after treatment, no medical procedure or drug, including knee replacement surgery, stem cell injections or stem cell augmented surgery, works 100% of the time, and no drug or medical procedure comes with a guarantee. Many factors determine the outcome: age, weight, general health, extent of damage, physical activity, following post-treatment instructions, smoking, drinking, medications, concomitant diseases like diabetes and heart disease to name several.

The key is having an experienced physician with all tools at his or her disposal to evaluate each patient individually and determine what the best course of action is based upon the many factors involved. It could be rehab. It could be stem cell (plus other biologics in our case) injections. It could be stem cell augmented, minimally invasive surgery. It could even be a stem cell-augmented knee replacement in some cases.

Of course, there are cases for which stem cell + biologics injections alone are unlikely to help. That’s one of the reasons for stories about getting “stem cell injections” that didn’t work. In some of those cases, the doctor probably shouldn’t have done them in the first place because they were unlikely to work. In others, the doctors are using inferior products that they haven’t tested in a lab themselves. They have no idea what’s actually in them, which is usually no stem cells, very small numbers of stem cells, or even non-viable (dead) cells.