Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Portland, OR

At Portland Foot & Ankle Institute located in Portland, Oregon, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS, offers the same state-of-the-art regenerative medicine that gets athletes back in their games. Using cutting-edge therapies that draw on your own or donated growth factors, Dr. Gentile helps your body rebuild and heal. To find out how regenerative medicine can help you, call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or use the online appointment form.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine utilizes state-of-the-art treatments concentrating on the human body’s own healing powers to regrow injured tissues. Rather than masking pain by blocking nerve signals, regenerative medicine removes the source of pain by making your body healthy again. 

Dr. Gentile recommends regenerative medicine for conditions such as:

  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Foot injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute offers regenerative medicine utilizing platelets and mesenchymal cells.

How are platelets used in regenerative medicine?

Platelet-rich-plasma therapy (PRP) is one of the most popular forms of regenerative medicine. Because it’s made from your own donated blood sample, PRP is rejection free. 

Your blood is composed of both liquid (i.e. plasma) and solids, which include platelets. When you have an injury, platelets thicken your blood forming a clot and scab. They also signal your skin to rebuild itself with new proteins.

To create PRP,  Dr. Gentile uses a syringe to take a small donation of blood from your arm, and then spins the blood in a special centrifuge. Once the platelets are separated, he mixes a high concentration back into a small amount of plasma.

Dr. Gentile either injects the PRP directly into the site of your injury, or stitches it into torn tissues during surgical repair. The concentrated growth factors in the serum stimulate tissue regeneration by increasing the production of collagen and stem cells. 

The PRP treatment also signals your body to build new blood vessels to enhance circulation and healing.

How are mesenchymal cells used in regenerative medicine?

Mesenchymal cells (MSCs) are undifferentiated cells that can change into any kind of cell your body needs. You have MSCs throughout your body, particularly in fat and bone marrow. Umbilical cords and placenta normally be discarded after a healthy birth are also rich in MSCs and so are sometimes donated, purified, and used in regenerative medicine.

Like platelets, MSCs are rich with growth factors that stimulate your body to heal and rebuild damaged tissue and bone with collagen and other building-block proteins.

To find out if your injury can be treated with regenerative medicine, call the expert team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or set up an appointment online.