Your body is full of living cells, some that act as repairmen of the body. However, as we age or get injuries, we sometimes can’t get enough of these critical repair cells to the injured area to do their work. Regenexx procedures work without surgery by increasing the concentration of your body’s own healing agents to stimulate the natural healing response in your injured or degenerative area.
Our patients benefit from less downtime, less pain, and faster recovery than invasive surgical procedures. Many of today’s most common surgeries have been shown to be ineffective and can begin a cascade of joint degeneration that leads to early-onset arthritis. Sometimes at an alarming rate. Regenexx seeks to reduce pain and restore function, without removing tissue and creating additional problems, which is often the case in surgeries that claim to “clean-up” a joint.
If you’re suffering from pain related to arthritis, joint injury, spine pain or other degenerative condition, you’re not alone. We’ve helped thousands of patients avoid surgery and get back to doing the things they love.
Regenexx Procedures are the trusted alternative to surgery. Imagine being able to reduce your pain and return to normal activities without the need for surgery. To speak to a Regenexx Specialist and learn more, contact us at the number below.
Have you been told that steroid injections or invasive surgery are your only options to treat your pain? Interventional orthopedics provides a non-surgical alternative. If you experience joint or spine pain during normal activity, you may be a good candidate for a Regenexx procedure.
Should you undergo surgery, post-surgical recovery can be painful, requiring a lengthy rehabilitation period to restore strength and mobility to the area.
As an alternative to surgery, Regenexx procedures help alleviate pain and restore joint or spine function with a non-invasive injection procedure. Downtime is minimal, with little need for pain management medications, lengthy rehab, or time off of work.
Correct diagnosis takes time. Regenexx physicians spend an average of an hour with new patients evaluating every aspect of their injuries and developing a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses not only the site of pain but its underlying causes.
Patients receive a candidacy grade that rates the likelihood that a Regenexx procedure can help them.
Regenexx maintains an active patient registry that tracks patients’ progress or side effects, post-procedure. Our outcomes database contains records on tens of thousands of Regenexx procedures performed by physicians in our network.
Below, you can explore the outcomes database and see the number of currently tracked procedures as well as patient-reported results.Select a body area to view outcome data:
6151 Thornton Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50321
Christopher Urbanek is a fellowship-trained physician in sports medicine and interventional orthopedics with a focus on delivering ethical, non-surgical treatment to neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities. He has been immersed in sports medicine since college where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and served as the head athletic trainer for a women’s professional football team. During that time, his team physician, Dr. Tanya Hagen, mentored and encouraged Dr. Urbanek to attend medical school. Completing his training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he then completed a residency in family medicine where he stayed for a sports medicine fellowship. After his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Urbanek worked at East Carolina University where he served as Director of Sports Medicine and Assistant Director for the Sports Medicine Fellowship. There, he treated patients of all ages and conditions from youth to senior athletes with neuromusculoskeletal injuries. With additional training as a registered musculoskeletal sonographer, Dr. Urbanek has a wealth of clinical and teaching experience at the national level with diagnostic and interventional ultrasound. His extensive sports coverage has included over 12 high schools, 2 D1 colleges, 1 D3 college, 1 junior college, multiple obstacle course races, multiple races from 5K to marathon distance, and minor league baseball. After 4 years at East Carolina University, Dr. Urbanek attended a second fellowship at the world leader in orthiobiologics, the Centeno-Schultz Clinic. This further expanded his repertoire of image-guided, minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments. In addition to his passion for a holistic approach to non-surgical patient care, Dr. Urbanek is an avid runner having participated in races up to 100 miles. His understanding of the physical demands of all athletes, from weekend warriors to elite athletes, translates into a caring, compassionate physician with an extensive skill set to ensure the best patient and procedure experience possible.
Areas treated: Elbow, Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Hip, Knee, Lumbar Spine, Shoulder, Thoracic Spine, Cervical Spine (except CCI)
Life’s too short to live in pain. Take advantage of new regenerative treatments that are helping people avoid joint replacement and other invasive surgeries. Get back to doing the activities you love, faster and without surgery.Request Information
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