Jerry: Those of you who suffer from pain know that it can be extraordinarily debilitating, but imagine if you’re able to beat that through a minimally invasive procedure and still remain active. Dr. Rudy Gari from Florida Pain Relief Group joins us now to tell us how. Okay, this is gonna be music to so many people’s ears who are out there. And by the way, including mine, because I suffer from terrible arthritic pain in both my knee and my foot. And we’re not gonna make this all about me, we want it to be all about what this almost miracle treatment is that you’re offering. How are you, first of all?
Dr. Rudy Gari: Doing great, Jerry.
Jerry: How about that lead in, huh? That was quite a build-up.
Dr. Gari: That was great, Thank you very much.
Jerry: Of course. Let’s talk about what you do. I mean, we’re talking about regenerative medicine. Tell us exactly what that is.
Dr. Gari: Well, Jerry, regenerative medicine is actually one of the most exciting fields in medicine today. And so people talk about minimally invasive procedures. Pain management physicians, like myself, anesthesiologists, have been doing minimally invasive procedures before those words became common. And what that is, essentially is, what can we do short of surgery? In fact, 99% of what we do there is actually no cutting of the skin. It’s just an injection.
Jerry: Okay, injection of?
Dr. Gari: Injection of something that is gonna help you, and that kind of leads into regenerative medicine. So regenerative medicine is actually using your own body’s stem cells to regenerate your own tissues. So we’ve seen lots of stuff, for example, we can regenerate organs or we can also regenerate a lot of our own tissues. And some people hear stem cells, we still have stem cells. We just don’t have the same amount of stem cells that we had when we were babies. So as we get older, we have less stem cells. So regenerative medicine is, for example, through some things called allographs. And they are actually amniotic membrane that has been reconstituted, and it has these factors called stem cell retruding factors. What that does is we apply that with a needle, with an injection, into your joint, your back, or wherever it might be. It actually tells your body, “Hey, I need to have this fixed.”
Jerry: That’s great. So we’re talking about how many injections before you start feeling much better?
Dr. Gari: Well, it actually takes a while because remember your body is going to have to heal. So it’s anywhere from two to three different injections.
Jerry: Over a period of time?
Dr. Gari: Over a period of time, because this is not like anything foreign implanted. This is your body regenerating itself.
Jerry: What are we talking about in terms of down time?
Dr. Gari: There’s not a whole lot of down time. There might be like a little burning, something like that, because there’s a little inflammatory process that takes place while your body’s trying to heal. But in fact, one of the people that work with us actually had regenerative medicine in his knee and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro a week later.
Jerry: A week later? Sign me up for this stuff. Okay, any pain at the site of the injection when it happens?
Dr. Gari: There’s a little burning, a little uncomfortable, for like a day or two, but that goes away. It’s an inflammatory process because your body is busy trying to heal itself.
Jerry: Okay. So why isn’t everybody doing this, and should they be?
Dr. Gari: Well, a lot of people are doing this. It’s a new science, we’re very excited at Florida Pain Relief Group because we have experts in that field, and it’s becoming more and more and more. This is the wave of the future.
Jerry: Excellent. Dr. Rudy Gari, thank you so much. Florida Pain Relief Group even schedules same day appointments. Be sure to visit their website floridapainreliefgroup.com, or call 844-KICK-PAIN. That’s easy enough. Thanks so much, doctor.
Dr. Gari: Jerry, it’s my pleasure.
Jerry: Nice to see you. We’ll be back with more Daytime right after this.