Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Wolfson Orthopedics

Nikolaj Wolfson, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Orthopedic surgeon Nikolaj Wolfson, MD, is committed to providing nonsurgical treatments whenever possible, including regenerative medicine. He offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell treatments at Wolfson Orthopedics in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. To find out if regenerative medicine is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine involves repairing or replacing damaged or injured tissues with healthy, functional tissue. The team at Wolfson Orthopedics offers two main regenerative medicine techniques that stimulate your body’s natural healing process: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. 

What is PRP?

PRP is a nonsurgical treatment for sports injuries and orthopedic conditions that uses your own blood. Along with red blood cells, plasma is one of the main components of your blood. Plasma is a liquid that contains white blood cells and platelets.

In addition to forming blood clots, platelets contain proteins (growth factors) that help your body heal from injuries. PRP contains a much higher concentration of platelets (about 5-10 times higher) than normal blood. 

How does PRP work?

First, the team at Wolfson Orthopedics takes a small sample of your blood. They process it in a centrifuge to isolate the PRP from other blood components. Then, your provider injects the PRP into your area of injury. 

Over several weeks, the platelets break down and release growth factors. These growth factors stimulate cellular repair and regeneration, which helps your tissues heal faster. 

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is another regenerative medicine treatment that helps your body heal without surgery. Stem cells are special because they can develop into many different cells, including bone, muscle, and cartilage. The team at Wolfson Orthopedics uses mesenchymal stem cells, which come from your bone marrow. 


Your Wolfson Orthopedics provider painlessly extracts stem cells from your bone marrow and then sends them to a lab for processing. Then, they re-inject the stem cells into injured tissues to strengthen your body’s natural repair process. The stem cells turn into the type of cells your body needs to repair the damaged tissue. 

What conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?

The team at Wolfson Orthopedics makes your health their top priority. That’s why they offer cutting-edge regenerative medicine treatments to help you reduce or eliminate the need for surgery. 

They use regenerative medicine to treat a wide range of sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis
  • Chronic tendon injuries like tennis elbow
  • Ligament injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Muscle injuries, such as hamstring strains

After a thorough evaluation, the team at Wolfson Orthopedics develops an individualized treatment plan for you. If you think you may benefit from regenerative medicine, call Wolfson Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.