RALEIGH ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC
Our 24 physicians perform over 9,000 procedures a year.
We have served Wake County for 100 years, since 1919, providing you with the most high-quality and personalized orthopaedic care available, including surgical and non-surgical solutions.
Historically, joint-pain sufferers were told that joint replacement surgery, an often painful and sometimes uncertain treatment with the potential for complications and long-term recovery, was their only relief.
But history has changed.
Regenerative Medicine Clinic of Wilmington (RegenMed), the region’s first and only regenerative medicine-dedicated clinic, offers a non-surgical joint pain treatment option using the body’s own cells to repair damaged or injured areas, thus delaying or completely eliminating the need for surgery.
Regenerative medicine takes advantage of the full complement of non-surgical treatment options, from rest and Tylenol® to cartilage restoration (ACI) to cellular- and molecular-based therapies for arthritic joint pain (CBT).
We were first nationally to use stem cells in the treatment of shoulder disorders and first in southeastern North Carolina to introduce stem cell science and technology. Regen Med’s fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine expert Austin Yeargan III, MD, has been named one of the top 10 Orthopedic leaders to know in internationally published Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review.
Work with a Compassionate Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Raleigh, Durham, and Cary.
Dr. Sameer Mathur of Cary Orthopedics Spine Center for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery has dedicated his career to providing his patients with the most advanced solutions to spine issues. Dr. Mathur works to give full relief from back and neck pain using the least invasive treatment options.
We offer a variety of effective, diverse treatments to resolve pain symptoms. In some cases, the best solution may not be a surgical one at all. We also offer non-invasive stem cell therapy to help repair damaged spinal discs.
Need a second opinion on a back surgery recommendation? Dr. Mathur can also lend his expertise as an unbiased outside party to help you find the best course of action for your health and well-being.
About Dr. Matt Kanaan
Dr. Kanaan’s Philosophy
At Wake Sports Medicine we focus entirely on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to relieve pain, promote healing, rehabilitate, and prevent future injuries. We also strongly feel that the key to a long and healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and we make every attempt to return patients to the recreational and competitive activities that they enjoy.
Dr. Matthew G. Kanaan
Originally raised in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Matt Kanaan is a board-certified sports medicine physician and knee pain specialist who received his medical residency training at Duke Medical Center. During his fellowship training at Duke Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan received special instruction in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – a unique, state-of-the-art technology in the orthopedic field. While completing training in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan served as an assistant team physician for Duke Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse, as well as assisting with Elon University Football. Currently, he volunteers with local endurance races such as the Raleigh 70.3, and Rock and Roll Marathon, as well as being adjunct faculty with Campbell University’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Kanaan is an avid researcher, publishing many research projects to advance the field of sports medicine. He is passionate about finding new, cutting-edge ways to help patients return to the activities they love through nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Kanaan enjoys a wide variety of sports, as well as traveling with his wife when he has time away from his practice.
Nonsurgical techniques such as PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Ultrasound Guided Injections and Diagnostics, and the treatment of tendonitis, arthritis, and sports injuries.
Stem Cell Therapy
Recently there has been an interest in “orthobiologics”, or using a patient’s own cells in an attempt to stimulate healing and decrease pain: Namely platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and mesenchymal stem cell injections.
Mesenchymal Stem cell therapy works by using the patient’s own stem cells in an attempt to stimulate healing. There are several different types of stem cell sources, including amniotic, bone marrow and adipose tissue (or fat tissue). Dr. Kanaan is currently performing injections using both adipose and bone marrow as he feels that the evidence supports these sources over the use of amniotic stem cell injections. The evidence for stem cell injections is promising with most case studies showing decreases in pain scores, and increases in activities. However, Dr. Kanaan makes it clear to all of his patients that these procedures are purely experimental, and that there are no large clinical studies that show regeneration of tissue with either the PRP or the stem cell treatments.
It is a same-day procedure that takes about 60 min from start to finish. If you are flying, you may fly home the same day, but there will be increased pain/discomfort after the procedure. If you are driving, you should have a driver, as there can be some mild to moderate discomfort in the first few hours following the procedure. Typically we do one stem cell injection, followed up with a platelet-rich plasma injection. If you are coming in from out of town, this will be taken into consideration and may be modified. Our protocol is continually evolving, so this is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis.
For adipose (fat) tissue stem cell therapy, lipoaspirates are obtained from the abdomen or “love handle” area through a quick liposuction procedure. The gentle liposuction takes a few minutes, and the whole time in the office is an estimated 60 minutes.