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March 9, 2012

Use of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Non-union Bone Fractures

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge that most bone fractures heal without difficulty. Unfortunately some do not.

Fractures that demonstrate motion of the bony ends and incomplete healing more than 6 months after injury are called non-union fractures.  Of the estimated 6 million bone fractures in the United States each year, approximately 10% will develop slow (delayed union) or incomplete healing (non-union).

Conservative treatments are limited and include the use of bone simulators.

Surgical options include bone grafting and or removal of existing hardware and rebreatking the the fracture with insertion of new plates and screws.  This is a significant surgery and involves extensive rehabilitation.

Stem cells are an alternative to non-union surgery.  We recently published our results.  6 patients with chronic non-union fractures were treated with treatment intervention at an average of 8.75 months post fracture.  Autologous, culture expanded stem cells were injected into the fracture through a needle utilizing intermittent x-ray.

Centeno-Schultz Clinic  continues to publish it’s clinical work in the peer-reviewed medical literature.  This clearly separates us from the majority of clinics using stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries.  Here is a link to our  publicationsthat are  indexed in the National Library of Medicine.

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