Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Anthony S. Melillo, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Anthony S. Melillo, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Regenerative medicine is a rapidly advancing field that uses your body’s natural healing ability to accelerate healing and repair damaged tissues. Anthony S. Melillo, MD, and the regenerative medicine team at Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have extensive experience using several types of regenerative therapies, including platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell injections, and hyaluronic acid injections. If you have ongoing pain or a severe or slow-healing injury, call the office in Houston, Texas or book an appointment online.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What role does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) have in regenerative medicine?

Platelets are natural components of your blood. When you’re injured or disease develops, platelets go to the damaged area and release proteins called growth factors that:

  • Accelerate healing
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Alleviate pain
  • Recruit stem cells to the area
  • Protect healthy tissues
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP consists of concentrated platelets in a small amount of plasma, which is the liquid portion of your blood. Dr. Melillo produces PRP by drawing a sample of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, and then immediately injecting the PRP directly at the site of your injury.

What role do stem cells have in regenerative medicine?

Stem cells regenerate all the tissues in your body. Throughout your life, stem cells travel to damaged tissues and self-replicate, producing new cells that develop into every type of tissue needed to repair the injured area.

When you receive stem cell therapy, your provider injects a concentrated dose of amniotic stem cells to a targeted injury. This boost in stem cells helps you heal more quickly.

What role does hyaluronic acid have in regenerative medicine?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found throughout the human body, and in most cases, results in few known side effects. When used to treat damaged joints, hyaluronic acid can be used as a lubricant to reduce pain and swelling. Its thickness allows it to remain in place for long periods of time without wearing away or dissolving. 

What conditions does regenerative medicine treat?

Regenerative medicine treatments relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in many different orthopaedic conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Muscle strain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle fibrosis
  • Ligament and tendon injuries

To learn if regenerative medicine can relieve your pain and help your injury heal, call Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.