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Healing sooner with help from your own stem cells

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If you hurt your knee or injured your rotator cuff, how would you like to heal twice as fast and suffer less pain with a new procedure? It's happening at Houston Methodist Hospital. We followed a patient through surgery, using her own stem cells to help heal her, plus caught up with a patient who compares the old and new methods for us.

Ask anyone who's torn their rotator cuff, and they'll tell you just how painful and inconvenient it is. We got to follow Dr. David Lintner through a state-of-the-art procedure at Houston Methodist Hospital. He showed us how he's now able to harvest a patient's own stem cells and inject them into their injured area. "This is huge! While we've been doing rotator cuff repairs for generations, it's been an operation and around forever, it's been very problematic, difficult to get the rotator cuff to heal on a consistent basis, with the stem cells & the other growth factors that come from the bone marrow, we're seeing very promising results. Getting the repair to heal and stay healed for years," exclaims Dr. Lintner. He's the Chief of Sports Medicine, so Dr. Lintner takes care of all types of injuries.

Patients say it's less painful after surgery, than other procedures, as well. Keith Sanborn agrees. Dr. Lintner repaired one of his rotator cuffs five years ago. after he damaged it deep sea fishing and mountain biking, then Dr. Lintner repaired his other one four months ago. "It turned out great! My recovery time compared to last time, almost cut in half, a third - it took me a good six months to get over the last one with rehab and everything else, and then a year and a half before fully there," explains Keith. Now four months out, he has 100 percent range and no pain, which means it's more time to get and do the things he loves, like deep sea fishing and cycling.

"They told me about the option - I said, sign me up! I'm all in," says Keith.

"We've used bone marrow for years, in the knee, tendon injuries, but we haven't had the technology to concentrate the most useful parts of the bone marrow right there in the O.R. You could take it from elsewhere in the body and then concentrate and inject it. BioMed Company found a way to do it right then and there when the patient was having surgery! Get the bone marrow and use it all in one setting," says Dr. Lintner.

There's no additional scarring from using your own stem cells either. "We routinely punch holes in the bone to fix suture anchors, so we're making holes in the bone anyway, through those holes, we introduce a metal tube into the bone marrow and pull the bone marrow out. everyone's bone marrow has stem cells and also has growth factors," says Dr. Lintner.

Dr. Lintner says the procedure also works well for meniscus and ACL repairs.

For more information, visit http://www.houstonmethodist.org/methodist.cfm?id=495&action=detail&ref=1140.

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