Andrew M. Blecher, MD

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Verified Patient Rating: 4.85 (39 patient reviews and ratings)
The following are reviews from patients of Dr. Blecher.
  • “I have a bum right knee. Both doctors did a great job and I'm know going for physical therapy at SCOI with Brian the therapist. He's really good. Keep up the good work!!! -- Victor R.”
    Patient Rating:
    4
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “Going into PRP I had no idea what to expect! I was told about this injection which takes your blood and sends it in a centrifuge and takes the plasma and platelets and separates the rest. The injection itself was kind of painful but something that of course can be tolerated. Well after I was cleared to do movements I started rehab with my athletic trainer. I started throwing not soon after, not going to lie I was very hesitant about throwing after the injection. I was really nervous, but at the same time I was very confident. The reason is I knew it would help me to get back to the field. So I finally got on the mound and started throwing a couple bullpens, felt good!!! After a couple of starts my velocity finally started to come back. My arm was finally getting into shape. Throughout the season I had no problem with it. Each start it felt great! I was throwing each ball with conviction! After the season was over I was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals! -- Cory J.”
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “Regenexx has offered me pain free living for the first time in 20 years. After years of dealing with pain I turned to viscosupplementation and PRP with good results. Once those techniques no longer provided long term relief, Dr. Blecher suggested Regenexx. After 6 weeks I was able to complete an active work day as a physical therapist with no pain whatsoever. I’m very excited to return to mountain biking and soccer in the next few weeks. -- Andrew D.”
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “Close to the end of the third game in our season, I was hit in the knee on a short yardage play and tore my MCL. It ended up being a grade 3 tear, and I was told the ligament would take 8-12 weeks to completely heal. I was the only person on the team that played center so it was important that I came back as soon as possible. The doctor suggested a PRP treatment. About a week after the injury I received a PRP treatment, and two weeks later I was back in practice. The doctor was amazed at how quickly my ligament healed. I hardly noticed any looseness or pain in my first game back. We’re in week ten of the season now and my knee doesn’t bother me at all! -- Jackson S.”
    Patient Rating:
    4
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “Prior to the PRP procedure on my knee, I had two rounds of Euflexa – the first worked great, but wore off at month 4; the second round did not work at all. Walking distances was painful and I could not even step up on a curb unless I led with my strong leg. Rising up from a chair was difficult and stairs were intensely painful. Dr. Blecher gave me a couple of options, PRP one of them. About 5 weeks after my third injection, I walked up a curb, leading with the PRP leg…not even realizing that I had no pain! I am now about 10 weeks post PRP and can consistently walk three flights of stairs with only a slight reminder that my knee has no cartilage. The procedure itself was not painful, but rather feels like momentary pressure. -- Sue F.”
    Patient Rating:
    4
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “I wanted to express my gratitude for your PRP treatment for both my knees. I am a Masters Track and Field competitor in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and won the National Championship in 2010 and 2011. However, I developed patellar tendon problems in both knees. The condition stopped my running let alone jumping. I thought my jumping days may be over. I decided to see you for PRP treatment and it turned out to be the right decision. I wanted to report to you how I am doing since the completion of treatment. At year’s end I was ranked #1 in the nation in the triple jump and #3 in the long jump. So far in 2014 I am ranked #1 in the nation for both the triple jump and long jump. In March of 2014 I went back to Boston to compete in the Masters Indoor Nationals. I won the Gold in both the Triple Jump and Long Jump. At this point my knees are holding up great. I continue to follow your instructions on caring for my knees as I train for competition. Again, thank you for all you have done for me. -- Greg M.”
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “Advanced arthritis of left hip, treated with enhanced stem cell therapy in early September 2014, have improved some, long way to go to get back to full physical activities again, hopeful that I can put off hip replacement until later years. Physical Therapy is working to give me back some lost flexibility. SCOI staff has been great and supportive in my office follow up visits and treatments. Thanks much. - Les H.”
    Patient Rating:
    4
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “When I came to Dr. Blecher last year with an injury on my shoulder, as well as my calf, he not only wanted to figure it all out, but his attention to detail as well as his desire to get me back on the field as fast and safe as possible, did not go unnoticed. I really appreciate how much he cared and understood getting you patient (in my case), back on the field. I play ball for the National USA fast pitch softball team Maccabi USA, and if he didn't get me back on the field as fast as he did, I would have never been able to go to Israel and win, Silver! Thank you Dr. Blecher for caring about your patients the way you do. -- Billy Frank, Maccabi USA/ Player-Captain           ”
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “In January, I was faced with another full thickness tear in my rotator cuff and wondered what my options might be.  Would it be another surgery or possibly something different? I was introduced to Dr Andrew Blecher who thought I might be a candidate for the new Regenexx stem cell procedure. This new procedure has changed my life, given me a new shoulder and all without invasive shoulder surgery.  I cannot explain how happy I am that I chose this method for my shoulder and now I feel great, have significantly less pain and 100% range of motion. Thank you Dr. Blecher and Regenexx. -- Lloyd Eisler, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, Member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame”
    Patient Rating:
    4
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD
  • “I am a 56 year old woman in excellent physical condition. I work out regularly and seriously. In December of 2013, I fell and injured my shoulder. I was in constant pain and I attempted to alleviate the pain by seeing a sports medicine practice. However, after treatment and physical therapy did not have positive results, I had an MRI, and I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Blecher. Dr. Blecher diagnosed the injury as a torn rotator cuff with a full tear and a partial tear in two tendons in my shoulder. Dr. Blecher recommended rotator cuff surgery, which I declined due to the 6-month recovery time. I asked the doctor for alternatives and he suggested the PRP injections procedure. Dr. Blecher was very honest and told me that he could not guarantee that this would help. I opted to try this procedure, and in August of 2014, I had two appointments. The first was the injection of platelets, and the second (two days later) was the injection of bone marrow with platelets. I was fitted in an upper body brace immediately after the second appointment, and was in this brace 24-hours a day for five weeks. The first couple of weeks, my arm was at a 90-degree angle, followed by a few weeks at a 45-degree angle. Six weeks after the procedure, and after I had the brace removed, I was able to begin physical therapy twice a week for 13 weeks. About half way through the therapy, Dr. Blecher scheduled an ultrasound to see if this was heeling appropriately. Dr. Blecher said that the ultrasound showed that the tendons had reattached and were heeling. I continued with physical therapy and strengthened the shoulder muscles. At the conclusion of the physical therapy, I was told by Dr. Blecher that I could return to normal activity and that I should continue to strengthen the shoulder muscles. It has been 8 months since I had this procedure and I am thrilled with the results. I have almost no effects of the procedure and I am not limited in any manner. I have noticed a slight degree of discomfort when the weather changes, but aside from that, I am pain-free. I have regained almost full strength in the shoulder. I am a hairdresser and I use my arm and shoulder continually when I work. This procedure has allowed me to avoid the lengthy and painful rotator cuff surgery and recovery. While I had a minimal period of time where I could not work or work out, I have been able to continue to live my life normally. I am very happy that I chose this course.  I could not be more pleased with the outcome. While the six weeks in the brace was not terribly comfortable or fun, it was surely better than the six months recovery had I undergone the rotator cuff surgery. The PRP injections were only minimally uncomfortable and it only took a couple of hours for the procedure, and I was home within a few hours. I would definitely recommend this procedure, and I would urge others with shoulder injuries to consider alternatives to rotator cuff surgery. As for Dr. Blecher, I credit him with his knowledge and his honesty. He was able to make the injections in the exact spot that allowed the tendons to re-attach. He was also able to extract the bone marrow in a manner that was not nearly as painful as I anticipated. I absolutely credit him for this successful procedure and I would recommend him without hesitation. Thank you, Dr. Blecher! - Antonella K.”
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Andrew M. Blecher, MD

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