STEM CELL THERAPY
“While I have a deep love for the practices of surgery and anesthesiology, I am excited to offer patients an alternative to surgery … a means to repair and restore themselves back to the life they want, doing what they love to do, without the pain and trauma of surgery. This is the direction all of medicine should be going … to help the body heal itself”
Meet Our Seattle Stem Cell Therapy Expert: Dr. Lucy Hostetter
Dr. Hostetter is a nationally-recognized board certified, fellowship-trained anesthesiologist who built her career specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery with an expertise in regional anesthesia. She brings her expert needling techniques, along with her passion for innovative pain treatment strategies to the field of regenerative medicine, providing stem cell therapy in Seattle.
After earning her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Hostetter completed her anesthesiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. After residency, she was awarded the Moore-Bridenbaugh Regional Anesthesia Research Fellowship, where she honed her interest and skill in pain management through training anesthesia residents and researching alternate ways to treat acute pain.
Regenerative Medicine and Joint Preservation
Dr. Hostetter settled in Seattle and has diligently worked to establish herself as an expert in regenerative cell therapy and joint preservation. Dr. Hosteter is committed to regenerative medicine’s ability to restore orthopedic function, rejuvenate mental and emotional vitality, and relieve pain without relying on opioid drugs.
Stem Cell Therapy from Bone Marrow
Seattle Regenerative Medicine utilizes advanced stem cell therapy procedures for treating various degenerative conditions. Our body’s cells know how to heal tissue and close wounds naturally. The best a physician can do is to move obstacles out of the way, supply materials to injured areas, and leave the fight against disease and injury to the cells themselves. Our Seattle Regenerative Medicine stem cell therapy doctors will produce a unique blend of bone marrow stem cells and plasma derivatives, which will be used to enhance your body’s natural healing mechanism.
SRMC uses precise injections of your own stem cells to help your body’s ability to heal tendons, ligaments, cartilage, damaged muscles, spinal disc, and bone. These treatments can allow the patient to avoid, or put off surgery, and recover much quicker to get back to the things they love to do.
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As a non-surgical regenerative therapy, stem cell treatments allow for our patients to use their own bodies’ biologics to treat injuries including osteoarthritis, ligament, and tendon tears, as well as many degenerative conditions related to the foot or ankle.
Explore non-surgical therapy like stem cell therapy. We use stem cells from your own body to heal elbow conditions including osteoarthritis, ulnar collateral ligament tear, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and other repetitive sports related elbow conditions.
Stem cell therapy has advanced the way we treat and repair injuries to the hip including osteoarthritis, labrum tears and tendon tears. Stem cells extracted from you own body offer you a non-surgical treatment to these conditions and other degenerative hip conditions.
Knee injuries and wear on the cartilage often leave pain suffers believing their only option is surgery. Stem cell therapy offers a non-surgical alternative. Our stem cell treatment uses your body’s stem cells to repair and heal knee injuries including osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, torn ACL, and other debilitating conditions.
These injuries no longer require extensive physical therapy or invasive surgical procedures to treat. Stem cell therapy using AminoFix or your body’s own biologics have shown to help patients suffering from common shoulder related injuries including rotator cuff and shoulder labrum tears, repetitive use injuries from sports activities, and osteoarthritis
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis is a medical term that refers to painful inflammation and stiffness that can affect any joint in the body. There are many different causes of arthritis, but the most common cause is osteoarthritis which is due to degeneration of joint cartilage.
Osteoarthritis affects over 25 million Americans and is characterized by breakdown or degeneration of the cartilage in joint spaces. This degeneration leads to inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joint and can significantly affect your quality of life.
Dr. Hostetter has years of experiance of explaining Osteoarthritis. You are invited to download her E-Book to learn more. Click below to download the E-Book and be contacted to help answer any questions.
Stem Cell Benefits and Advantages
Regenerative Medicine therapies like Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma that are offered at Seattle Regenerative Medicine Centers have preventative advantages and benefits.
Pain Reduction: Stem Cell Therapy focuses on reducing pain and enhanced healing that addresses the cause of the pain versus just managing the symptoms. Stem Cell Therapy provides growth factors to aid in the healing of tissues that are injured allowing patients to heal and have less pain than traditional medicine.
Functionality Increase: Stem Cell Therapy promotes the production of collagen in the body that will strengthen tissues and tendons. Regenerative Medicine increases functionality by increasing the range of motion in the joints to allow you to move more freely.
Quick Recovery: Regenerative Medicine helps jump-start the process of repairing the tissues and tendons which lead to faster healing. The growth factors of Stem Cell Therapy allows you to return back to your normal daily routines faster and safer.
Risk Reduction of injury and pain: When you have regenerative medicine like Stem Cell Therapy, your collagen strengthens and tightens the tendons if the joints. Due to the strengthening and tightening gained by utilizing regenerative medicine it reduces the risk of future pain and injuries.
Importance of having a Board Certified MD direct stem cell therapy
Dr. Lucy Hostetter is a board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist. Dr. Hostetter leads the regenerative and stem cell therapy application at Seattle Regenerative Medicine Centers.
While stem cells are an effective treatment option, the specific provider that directs the therapy is important to keep in mind. As with all medicine, the results start with an accurate diagnosis and understanding of the disease and the entire spectrum of care. Many clinics offer stem cell therapy but not all of them are trained equally or properly. If the provider is not trained in the diagnosis and management of bone and joint disorders they will not be able to give you the best idea of whether stem cells may be effective. If they are not trained in ultrasound or fluoroscopically guided injections they may not be able to inject in the right location.
If you live in Seattle, you are in good hands at Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center and Dr Lucy Hostetter.
Types of Cellular Therapy Available in Seattle
When it comes to regenerative medicine in Seattle there are two main types of cellular therapy offered. Understanding the different types and where they are available in Seattle can help with determining which is right for you. Being educated before starting any type of Cellular Therapy can help you avoid certain risks and complications.
Allogeneic Cellular Therapy
The first is Allogeneic Cell Therapy, a procedure in which a patient receives blood forming stem cells from another person. Because the stem cells come from another person, there is a risk that your body will reject the therapy. Another risk is that the stem cells that are transplanted could attack the healthy cells of the patient. This can be a mild or severe reaction that can affect the skin, liver, intestines, muscles, joints and eyes. This type of cellular therapy is not recommended for older patients or someone with overall poor health due to the risk of their body not being able to tolerate the treatment and could be fatal. The Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy is an “off the shelf” treatment and there is quality control in place prior to being administered.
Autologous Cellular Therapy
Another type of Cellular Therapy is Autologous Stem Cell Therapy, which is when stem cells are taken from a patient’s own body to trigger the natural healing cascade for damaged soft tissue. This type of Cellular Therapy has less risk because the stem cells come from the patient’s own body and therefore it won’t reject the treatment. The Autologous Stem Cell Therapy is used to treat various degenerative conditions in your joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Stem Cell Therapy treatments enhance your own body’s natural healing mechanisms and can delay or prevent surgery. You can also expect pain reduction, an increase in functionality, a fast recovery and less risk of future injuries.
The Definition of Stem Cells from a Seattle Expert
If you search the words Stem Cells you would find a simple definition like: These are cells that can transform into other cell types. They also divide into self-renewal cells to create more of the same types of cells. However, there is a lot more to stem cells than what you might find when looking at the definition online.
Dr. Lucy Hostetter from Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center states that “stem cells are the cells in the body that have the ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells. Additionally, in many tissues throughout the body, stem cells are an integral part of the internal repair system, dividing without limit to replenish injured or ailing cells and restore function.”
She further states that “each time a stem cell divides it produces a new cell that is capable of either remaining a stem cell or becoming another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, etc. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of stem cells generate replacements for cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”