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Patients are always looking for ways to prolong their joint function or avoid surgery, especially joint replacement surgery. OrthoIndy physicians not only offer joint preservation surgery but equally focus on avoiding surgery whenever possible by providing the most cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment for our patients.
With that in mind, OrthoIndy doctors have been at the forefront of treatment with orthobiologics for broken bones, torn ligaments and injured muscles. However, many patients don’t understand what this means for them.
Orthobiologics are natural tissue-derived products that orthopedic surgeons use that may help injuries (such as arthritic joints, broken bones, injured muscles, tendons or ligaments). The goal of this treatment option is to help orthopedic injuries heal quicker, restore function and in some cases, potentially delay or avoid joint replacement surgery.
The orthobiologic substances consist of cells, proteins, glycoproteins and complex carbohydrates that are naturally found in the body. When orthobiologics are used they may augment the healing by creating a less inflammatory environment.
The main goal of orthobiologics is to decrease pain and improve function. If you are experiencing pain from arthritis, injections won’t make your body grow new cartilage (as implied by some centers), but they can decrease pain and improve your quality of life.
What are the benefits of orthobiologics?
- The potential to delay or avoid surgery
- Recovery is faster than a surgical procedure
- Treatment may be in the office as an outpatient procedure
- They are natural substances found within the body rather than drugs or chemicals
Am I a candidate for orthobiologics?
If conservative treatment such as physical therapy, bracing, anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections hasn’t worked for you, your OrthoIndy doctor might recommend a PRP, stem cell or amniotic membrane suspension injection.
How much do PRP injections and orthobiologic therapies cost?
Unfortunately, these orthobiologic treatments are not currently covered by insurance. Most insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid label PRP, amniotic membrane suspension and "stem cell" injections as “experimental or investigational” and do not pay for these treatments.
You will be required to pay for your injection at the time of your treatment.
Consult with your Health Savings Account (HSA) adviser prior to your appointment, as prescribed medical treatments may be allowed for payments from your HSA account.
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