Stem Cells and Foot and Ankle Surgery

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Article by Dr. Misako Mcleod, DPM 

Everyone has heard of stem cells and the new opportunities they provide for the advancement of medicine. So, are stem cells used in foot and ankle surgery? And if so, how?

The answer is “yes.” Stem cells are now used for many issues involving foot and ankle pathology and surgery. The stem cells are now used for:

 

How does it works?

The stem cell is injected into the area of concern. The bodies natural signaling mechanisms tell the stem cell what type of tissue it needs to become such as bone or tendon.

 

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Dr. McLeod uses stem cells for her chronic wound patients, slow healing bone procedures, high-risk complex diabetic deformity correction cases,  and sports injuries where surgery is trying to be avoided.

Read more about stem cells and their benefits from Dr. Mcleod’s patients.

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