Stem cells: What they are and what they do
Stem cells and derived products offer great promise for new medical treatments. Learn about stem cell types, current and possible uses, ethical issues, and the state of research and practice.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells.
These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
Stem cell therapy can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
- Chronic partial Rotator Cuff tears
- Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar tendon tears
- Partial muscle tears
- Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
- Chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome)
Not all stem cell treatments are the same. The way in which stem cells are obtained, processed, and administered can have a major impact on effectiveness. At Apex we use cutting-edge technology to harvest your stem cells to ensure the highest quality product. We also perform all of our injections under direct ultrasound guidance. Dr. Savarino is one of the country’s leading physicians in ultrasound-guided injections, and Apex provides the region’s safest, most effective stem cell treatments.
MEET THE DOCTOR
Dr. Savarino, an established and highly skilled physician, has over 10 years of experience in Sports in Sports Medicine. He obtained his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Practice Residency at North Shore – LIJ Hospital at Plainview, where he served as Chief Resident in 2007-2008.
At the completion of his residency, Dr. Savarino covered the orthopedic, trauma, pediatric, sports and total joint clinic at Nassau University Medical Center, an active Level 1 Trauma Center in Long Island, NY. Dr. Savarino completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at North Shore -LIJ Plainview, at which time he worked with 2 NCAA colleges and several local high schools, covering multiple sports from the sidelines and treating injured patients in the training room. He also covered major events including the NYC Marathon, NYC Triathalon, Long Island Marathon and Golden Gloves Boxing