Stem Cells F.A.Q.
What do stem cells do?
Stem cells do three basic things:
- They seek out and decrease inflammation
- They regenerate tissue
- They modulate your immune system.
Stem cells will go where they need to go and begin repairing and regenerating. They ignite your body’s our self-healing mechanisms and wherever there are signals of inflammation and degeneration, go there and begin healing, just like your body does naturally. This is completely different from medications that mask the inflammation and pain, actually causing your condition to worsen.
What kind of stem cells do you use and where do they come from?
We use human umbilical cord-derived stem cells that come from healthy umbilical cords donated by healthy mothers and babies that choose not to save their cord blood for their own use. Our stem cells are carefully collected from thoroughly screened full-term umbilical cord tissue. They are minimally processed to preserve what’s valuable. Then they are cryogenically frozen in an FDA-registered lab. We adhere to the highest standards for handling by storing the stem cells in cryotanks in our office so that when it’s time for a patient to receive them, we ensure optimal vivacity of our product.
Can the cells be rejected or can I have a reaction?
In the decades that stem cells have been implemented, there has never been one case of rejection. That’s pretty impressive! The reason is that these cells are undifferentiated; this which means they do not contain HLA (Human leukocyte antigen which is used to match patients and donors) which means your body will not reject them. There is no debris like there is in placental or amniotic cells that could cause reactions – another reason why we use umbilical stem cells. The worst thing that could happen to you is some stiffness in the joint from the healing process or possible redness around the injection site. This is just your body’s natural healing process hard at work!
Is this covered by insurance?
Our office participates with all major insurances, but, unfortunately, they have chosen to not cover stem cells at this time. However, the cost of our stem cell procedure is typically less than most deductibles. So, rather than spend a deductible for surgery or other invasive procedures that have a low success rate, this is the way to go.
What is the cost?
The cost of a stem cell procedure in our office depends upon the patient’s specific condition and recommendation, but here is the good news…in the long run stem cells will actually SAVE you money. One treatment with stem cells will regenerate new tissue – this is a permanent solution – as opposed to shots, medications, surgeries, or other treatments that have to be done on an ongoing basis, causing you continually invest more money. We have made the stem cell procedure that we offer in our office affordable and we are happy to also offer financing.
How long until I see results?
Those stem cells will go to work right away – reducing inflammation, regenerating tissue, and modulating your immune system. We expect most patients to begin noticing results with a 6 week – 3 month timeframe. It could be something like, “Hey, I just walked up the stairs one foot in front of the other!” or “Wow, I slept great last night!” You can expect to see improved results for up to a year.
What is the treatment procedure?
A stem cell procedure in our office is a simple in and out process. Appointments are 45 minutes long and you can drive yourself to and from the appointment as there is no sedation or side effects. Our staff will explain the procedure in depth after your consultation.
My doctor says I am “bone on bone” and need to have joint replacement surgery. Will stem cell procedures still help me?
The answer is a resounding YES! If you are able to bend your knee at all, you still have tissue in your joint. Stem cells will seek out the inflammation in your joint(s) and allow your body to begin regenerating and repairing that tissue. Isn’t that amazing?
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