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A 34-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my father needs shoulder surgery and i'm looking in to stem cells as an alternative. do they do stem cell transplants in the us now?

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Dr. Brian Duncan
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Get the surgery: Ask the surgeon, but I'm not aware of stem cell treatment of shoulder problems.
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Depending on the pathology stem cell treatment can be very effective at decreasing need for surgery. This could be used for arthritis and partial rotator cuff injury with great success depending on the exact type of treatment, training of the doctor and knowledge of overall optimization of the body to maximize the effects of the treatments.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

My dad needs shoulder surgery and I'm looking in to stem cells as an alternative. Are stem cell transplants available in the us now?

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Dr. Gregory Krivchenia
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Not proven yet: It sounds that your father probably has a rotator cuff tear. To my knowledge, there have been no randomized studies of PRP to show that it works. If your father has a significant tear and daily night pain in his shoulder, the best option is surgical treatment.

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