What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the basic building blocks of human tissue. They have the ability to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate tissues throughout the body. When disease or injury strikes, stem cells respond to specific signals and set out to facilitate the healing process by differentiating into specialized cells. These specialized cells then release healing growth factors in response to the distress cell signal in an injured or pathologic area of the body required for the body’s repair.
What kind of stem cells do you use and where do they come from?
We use human cell and tissue products that are derived from the umbilical cords of healthy, full-term deliveries. Our products do not contain any embryonic or fetal 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?
Our products are rigorously tested to FDA guidelines in our CLIA registered lab. Thousands of patients have used our lab, Predictive’s, tissue allografts with no adverse effects. Some patients have experienced some stiffness in the joint from the medication process or possible redness around the injection site. This is just your body’s natural healing process hard at work!
How are the tissue donors screened?
Comprehensive medical and social histories of the donors are obtained and reviewed. All tissues are procured, processed and tested in accordance with FDA requirements to minimize potential risks of disease transmission to recipients. Infectious disease testing is performed at a registered laboratory in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and 42 CFR part 493.
Is this covered by insurance?
Our office participates with all major insurances, but, unfortunately, they have chosen to not cover this type of regenerative medicine at this time. However, the cost of our procedure is typically less than most deductibles or what would spent on medications. And, regenerative medicine is a noninvasive procedure, with long-lasting results, not an invasive surgery or a medication that will mask symptoms.
What is the cost?
The cost of a regenerative medicine therapy in our office depends upon the patient’s specific condition and recommendation, but here is the good news…in the long run regenerative medicine could actually SAVE you money. The regenerative medicine that we offer encourages your body to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate tissues throughout the body. We have made this therapy affordable and we are happy to also offer financing.
How long until I see results?
Depending upon the severity of the injury and your personal health, recovery time can vary. Your physician will be able to provide you with more information regarding your recovery timeline. However, some patients begin noticing results within 6 weeks – 3 months. 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!”
What is the procedure?
Therapy in our office is a simple in and out process. Appointments are 30 minutes long and you can drive yourself to and from the appointment as our procedure is not a surgery and no medication is administered. 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. Can regenerative medicine 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. The human cell and tissue products we use will seek out the inflammation in your joint(s) and allow your body to begin regenerating and repairing that tissue.
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