Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Carl Hess, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in Fullerton, CA

Regenerative medicine procedures like stem-cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments multiply your natural healing abilities many times over, which makes it a perfect solution for many cases of chronic pain. At the office of Carl A. Hess, MD, in Fullerton, California, Dr. Hess offers regenerative medicine treatments for many types of chronic pain. You can request an appointment using the online booking tool or by calling the office today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is PRP therapy?

Your blood contains red and white blood cells, along with platelets. The platelets are enormously beneficial because they're loaded with proteins known as growth factors. These growth factors have great healing powers, so they're an integral part of your body's natural injury response. 

PRP is a concentration of platelets derived from your own blood. Dr. Hess takes a small amount of your blood and then uses a specialized preparation method to isolate and concentrate the platelets to 5-10 times (or more) the intensity than in whole blood. 

In PRP therapy, Dr. Hess typically injects PRP using X-ray guidance to ensure correct placement. The PRP adds a tremendous influx of growth factors to the area, and this helps you heal rapidly. Dr. Hess typically administers local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during your PRP therapy sessions.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells can evolve into any kind of cell in the human body. This makes stem cells extremely important for healing if you have any kind of serious tissue damage. 


Stem cell therapy can potentially repair tendons, muscles, spinal discs, cartilage, and even bone. It can help with a wide range of conditions, including both degenerative conditions and injuries. As with PRP therapy, Dr. Hess typically injects stem cells using X-ray guidance, and you’ll receive local anesthesia for your comfort. 

When will I see results after regenerative medicine treatments?

It takes a little time because your body’s literally rebuilding your damaged tissue. Most patients who have PRP or stem-cell therapy enjoy a steady improvement over a period of months. Your pain may lessen within about six weeks. 

How many regenerative medicine treatments do I need?

In most cases, a series of two, three, or more regenerative medicine treatments offer optimal results. The exact number of therapy sessions depends on your condition, your health, and other unique individual factors. Usually, your sessions are around six weeks to three months apart. 

Regenerative medicine treatment offers maximum natural healing and pain relief and may even help you avoid surgery or invasive treatments. Find out how regenerative medicine can help you by calling Carl A. Hess, MD, or requesting an appointment online today.