- How long do the procedures take?
The procedures are done with visualization under ultrasound guidance and usually take less than 10 minutes to perform.
- How do you determine the best treatment agent for me, whether it being a cortisone injection, PRP, hyaluronic acid, or stem cell therapy?
The best treatment depends depending on your age, severity of disease, and activity level. Because treatment of arthritis, tendinitis, and other sports related injuries are the sole focus of our clinic, we have excellent experience in choosing the right treatment in order to achieve the best long-term results.
- What is visco-supplementation or hyaluronic acid injection?
Hyaluronic is a naturally occurring substance that helps in lubricating our joints as they glide against each other. If you have osteoarthritis, hyaluronic acid breaks down and your joint loses its shock absorption, causing pain and stiffness. Visco-supplemenation and hyaluronic acid injection are excellent treatments for osteoarthritis and are also FDA approved for knee osteoarthritis. In addition, we have unparalleled experience and excellent results using hyaluronic acid for treatment for osteoarthritis of other joints including the hip, shoulder, and ankle.
- What is the recovery time after PRP, hyaluronic acid, cortisone, or stem cell injections?
These injections are very safe and simple with essentially no downtime. You can resume work and normal activity by the next day. It is advised that you do not overexert (excessive exercise, excessive weight loading of the affected joint or tendon) yourself for the week following the injection. Competitive athletes should take it easy during the first couple of weeks following the injection and gradually increase their activity level, as tolerated.
- Can I drive after having an injection?
Generally speaking, it should not affect your driving, however, we advise for your own comfort to have somebody drive you home.
- When should you see improvement after the PRP injection?
Most patients will see improvement 2 to 6 weeks after the initial injection.
- How many PRP treatments do need?
If you are a good candidate for PRP or Stem Cell injection, 1 treatment may be enough to help alleviate your pain. In some cases, additional injections may be helpful.
- What is the risk of PRP injections?
PRP injections are considered very safe procedures. There is no risk for allergic reaction since it is your own blood that is used to inject injured site. There is a very small risk for infection which is essentially eliminated using sterile techniques.
- How are stem cells collected?
Stem cells can be collected through the patient’s adipose (fat tissue), usually from the abdominal area. Stem cells can also be collected from the patient’s bone marrow, usually harvested from the iliac crest. Stem cells can also be collected from cord blood or amniotic membranes allograft from mothers who have donated their placental tissue after birth.
- What type of doctor should I go to for a PRP, hyaluronic acid, cortisone, or stem cell therapy injection?
It is very important to choose a doctor who is very experienced in doing procedures under imaging guidance, especially under ultrasound. Precision is crucial as even 1-2 millimeters can make a big difference in terms of injecting into the correct site or not. An experienced musculoskeletal radiologist with ultrasound training is the most qualified doctor for this procedure. A good result can end up saving you money and additional costly and more invasive procedures in the long run.
- Are Stem Cells or PRP covered by insurance?
PRP and stem cells are not covered by insurance at this time. A bill can be provided to get your insurance company for reimbursement of the procedure depending on your insurance company. We offer some of the most competitive prices in the region. We can also finance your procedure through Care Credit.
With Care Credit you can expect:
- No prepayment penalty
- Start treatment immediately and pay over time
- Pay no down payment
- Pay no interest if paid within 12 months.
Dr. Reza is a genius. My knee has been bothering me for YEARS since I tore my meniscus playing football. Achy, bothersome, with occasionally a limp. I went in to to get PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and it was everything I thought it would be and then some. The whole procedure took less than an hour, very little to no pain and in less than 24 hours my knee felt brand new. If you are looking for a quality Doctor who offers PRP -- go here! The rates are very on point. He is literally THOUSANDS of dollars less than some other clinics and believe me he does such an amazing job, he could charge 10x's and it would still be worth it. Don't sit there suffering, get up and get help. I am actually thinking of getting my other knee done and its not really necessary. Lol.. 10 STARS...
Dr Reza is FANTASTIC. Staff is friendly and very accommodating. I was in such pain. He diagnosed the issue (Bursitis) and clearly understood everything about it from A-Z. So efficient and understanding, not to mention making the procedure painless. I barely slept a hour the night before, saw Dr. Reza at 5pm and was feeling a million times better by 7pm. It's been 36 hours and I went from practically a frozen shoulder in pulsating pain to gaining back 70% of my movement range and most importantly "NO PAIN". just stiffness which is the normal symptoms as kindly explained to me by Dr. Reza. Everything is as promised, I am fully confident that I will be back to 100% range of motion within 3 days. I'm still gonna take it easy and slowly stretch my shoulder back to full strength. Without his service, I would probably be feeling like I was hit by a truck laying in bed miserable. Thank you very much Dr. Reza for helping my aging old bones. Cheers!
I can’t say enough about how intelligent Dr. Reza Dehdari is! I came to him to read my MRI for my ankle and he found a tear that multiple Doctors missed!!!! Simply incredible and I trust him throughly. Thank you so much!
Had the PRP procedure and I have to say no pain at all, going on 6 weeks, if you decide to have the PRP listen to Dr. Dehdari's instructions thoroughly and do the physical therapy, it works and I am so pleased and it's getting better and better as days go on, Dr. Reza Dehdari is the best and very emphatic in explaining all your questions soothing away your doubts, and he checks up on you to make sure all is well, after the PRP procedure. Very trustworthy PRP procedure and his assistant Sandy is also the sweetest caring person you will ever meet. I'm a satisfied customer and patient.
Dr. Reza Dehdari you are an amazing person. Thank you for going the extra mile on my shoulder after three Doctors told me I needed surgery. You took your time and explained everything about what to expect and to be patient while I heal. And that’s exactly what I did was heal, I can’t thank you enough for what you did for me.
Within the last 6 months I've suffered two minor injuries on the same knee which have restricted my mobility and caused me a lot of pain. I've seen an orthopedic dr.,, a pain management dr., and a sports medicine dr., all of which simply told me either surgery or learn to live with the pain! I've heard about PRP as an alternative with a high percentage of success. Thus, I made an appointment to see Dr. Dehdari, and was pleasantly surprised by his high level of knowledge, professionalism and thoroughness. Dr. Dehdari reviewed my MRI (previously ordered by the Orthopedist) explained the extent of my injuries, took X-Rays and an ultrasound to carefully determined if I was a good candidate for PRP. I can only say that I wish more doctors will give you the time, attention and care that Dr. Dehdari provides. Thank you Dr Dehdari, thank you for such high work ethics and patient care. Many thanks to his staff as they are as attentive and caring as Dr. Dehdari. It has been only 24 hrs since I received my PRP treatment and my pain levels have drastically gone down! I highly recommend Dr. Dehdari.