Regenerative medicine

Regenerative Medicine is an emerging field of medicine aimed to use cells, biomaterials, and particles to aid or accelerate repair in tissue damage or injury.  In the setting of sports medicine, Regenerative Medicine refers to the use of orthobiologic substances to stimulate healing of injured structures including tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.  

Dr. Dunn has been performing these procedures for over 10 years.  He trained under the supervision of Dr. Gerard Malanga (currently the president of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation).  Dr. Dunn was a founding partner of the New Jersey Regenerative Institute.  

WORD OF CAUTION: when exploring regenerative treatment options, make sure to do your homework.  Many clinics have fancy marketing tactics with little experience and/or knowledge to back their claims.  These facilities will then have a physician extender (nurse practitioner, physician assistant), with little experience in orthopedics or sports medicine, perform the procedures.  

  • Ask who will perform the consultation.

  • Ask who will perform the procedure.

  • Ask if guidance is used (ultrasound or xray) and if the provider has adequate experience in that modality.

  • Ask about anticipated outcomes based on scientific evidence.

  • Shop around.  Most of these procedures are not covered by insurance, the costs can be highly variable.

Some of these treatments include:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma

  • Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (mesenchymal stem cells)

  • Lipogems

  • Amniotic tissue

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Lipogems is a minimally invasive procedure using a sterile FDA approved device for harvesting, concentrating, and transferring autologous adipose (fat) tissue.  This microfragmented adipose tissue is used to provide cushion and support to help the natural healing process by supporting the repair, replacement, and reconstruction of damaged or injured tissue.