About Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells are self-renewing particles found within many tissues in the body, which work as a repair system following an injury. However, stem cells are not always plentiful enough to repair the body, especially following a traumatic injury. For this reason, board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll of Spine Care of North Texas sometimes recommends stem cell therapy as a treatment for patients experience back pain. Stem cell therapy can be used to increase the presence of these healing cells around your muscles, tendons, and joints following an injury. This procedure is an effective treatment for back pain that can help Dr. Carll restore your mobility without the need for surgery. Call Spine Care of North Texas at our Plano, Addison, or Frisco, TX locations for more information.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
Not everyone with back pain is a candidate for stem cell therapy. However, the procedure can offer hope for healing and a reduction of pain without surgical interventions. Dr. Carll will take your medical history, current pain levels, and attempted treatments into consideration to help determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy. Stem cell injections are most commonly used for the treatment of the following back conditions:
- Discogenic back pain
- Spinal facet pain
- Chronic radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
- Sacroiliac joint pain
Stem cell therapy is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Before the stem cells are injected, we will obtain your stem cells by harvesting tissue from your hip bone or fat cells. The sample will then be placed in a centrifuge machine and spun to separate the specific healing tissues needed for the procedure. Next, your back will be cleaned and sterilized and the injured area identified using x-ray technology (fluoroscopy). Finally, your stem cells will be injected into the affected disc, (following a local anesthetic) stimulating healing within your body. In most situations, the entire process will take place in less than an hour.
What to Expect
Immediately following the procedure, you will likely feel groggy and sore. Some patients report an increase in their pain and stiffness in the days after the procedure. This is simply due to the insertion of the needle and will subside within a period of approximately 72 hours. Side effects do not typically occur, but if they do, you should contact Spine Care of North Texas right away.
The full benefit of stem cell therapy is typically realized within three months of the procedure, which can include as many as three injections over the span of a year. Some patients obtain pain relief much sooner.
At Spine Care of North Texas, we believe in using minimally invasive procedure and therapies to help restore your function and return to a higher quality of life. Stem cell therapy can help promote healing and alleviate discomfort for a multitude of spinal conditions, helping you to avoid surgery. Call Spine Care of North Texas at our Plano, Addison, or Frisco, TX locations for more information.