Bartolo Colon – Stem Cell Therapy is Changing Professional Sports

Bartolo Colon, Pitcher for the New York Mets

Bartolo Colon, New York Mets Pitcher

Bartolo Colon, nicknamed Big Sexy, is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball at age 43 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. However, back in 2010, it was unclear if Colon would be able to continue his pitching career after missing the entire season due to an ailing elbow and right rotator cuff. That is when Colon reached out to Dr. Joseph Purita of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine for stem cell therapy.

Colon’s bone marrow was spun in a centrifuge to separate it from the blood material, and then, along with Colon’s own body fat, injected into the pitcher’s elbow and shoulder to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. After the stem cell therapy, Colon had a major combat the following year, winning 55 games. This year, Colon also made history when he hit his first career home run for a two-run shot to extend the Mets’ lead over the Padres, 4-0.


Institute of Regenerative Medicine – July 12, 2016 9:52 pm