Dr. Buchko may recommend an injection to help
diagnose or treat your condition. There are a variety of injections available.
Below is some information on the injections Dr. Buchko recommends (click on each for link to information). (Note: we
have also included information on stem cell injections given that this topic
frequently comes up. Currently Dr. Buchko does not have any evidence to
recommend a stem cell injection). Please read through the information carefully
and follow the instructions if you will be receiving an injection.
PRP is an injection of your own blood. Specifically, a vial of blood is drawn from one of your veins, and then spun down in a centrifuge to separate it into layers. The layer rich in platelets and growth factors is then injected into the affected area. This may help to facilitate and speed up the healing process. Dr. Buchko may refer you to a colleague in Regina or Saskatoon for consideration of a PRP injection. You will have to pay out of pocket for this injection, as it is not covered by our health care system. The cost is usually $400-800 depending on what area is being injected.
Dr. Buchko has included this as he often has patients asking him about stem cells. Stem cells are cells in the body that are capable of differentiating into (i.e. turning into) essentially any type of cell, to help regenerate normal tissues, such as bone, cartilage, tendons or ligaments. Generally, they are harvested from your bone marrow (usually your pelvis), and injected into the problematic area. The average cost is approximately $5000-7000. Although stem cells may hold promise for the future, there is currently not enough evidence (suggesting stem cell injections work) for Dr. Buchko to recommend this procedure. If you do decide to get this injection done on your own, Dr. Buchko strongly recommends you research it and ensure you are receiving it from a reputable source. Note: there are now physicians in Regina that are performing this procedure.