Ankle Treatment at RMI

If you suffer from chronic or acute ankle pain or instability due to arthritis, cartilage loss, ligament strain or tear, or tendon damage, then you may benefit from non-surgical stem cell treatments or stem cell-enhanced surgery.


Can stem cells heal ankle injuries?

Dr. Riordan and Dr. McKenna have published a case study in CellR4 Repair, Replacement, Regeneration & Reprogramming on treating severe chronic Achilles tendinopathy with bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), which contains several types of stem cells known to rebuild and vascularize tissue. 10 weeks after the ultrasound-guided injections into the tendon, MRI imaging confirmed significant healing. At 32 weeks, MRI images showed nearly complete healing.

Original article: Minimally Invasive Autologous Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cells in the Treatment of the Chronically Injured Achilles Tendon: A Case Report

To read the 32-week follow-up letter to the CellR4 editor, click here.

Stem Cell-Augmented Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair Yields Excellent Results

In this study, 27 patients underwent surgery augmented with bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). 25 of these patients returned to their sport around 6 months post-treatment. Patients were walking without a boot in about 2 months and were able to participate in light activity at around 3 months. Excellent results, including no re-ruptures and early mobilization, were observed in this small cohort with open Achilles tendon repair augmented by BMAC. No adverse outcomes of biologic treatment were observed with this protocol.

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What makes stem cell therapy at RMI different?



At RMI, we are augmenting BMAC with *AlphaGEMS, a proprietary, pliable tissue allograft (transplant) derived from human placental amnion, which functions as a biologic structural matrix to facilitate and enhance tissue healing and repair. AlphaGEMS contains 108 different growth factors including WNT-4 and prostaglandin.

Prostaglandin inhibits inflammation, which occurs after injury and marks the beginning of the healing process. The faster we can tame this inflammation, the sooner the body can move on to the next phase of healing, regeneration. It’s important to note that AlphaGEMS has more than 60 times the amount of prostaglandin compared to other products.

WNT4 is arguably the single most important molecule required for wound healing. AlphaGEMS has more than 10 times the amount of WNT4 as competing products.

For more information about BMAC and AlphaGEMS at the Riordan-McKenna Institute Click Here.


Achille’s Tendon Repair with Stemnexa

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Common ankle and foot conditions treated at Riordan-McKenna Institute (RMI):

Below are common ankle and foot conditions we treat at Riordan-McKenna Institute. If your condition is not listed, please contact us to see if you are a candidate.