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 become what they need to become. 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. The cords are stored in tissue banks that are FDA approved and monitored.
Is stem cell therapy approved by the FDA?
Stem cells are neither a food nor a drug which is why stem cell therapy is not approved by the FDA, as it is with all natural therapies. However, the tissue banks from which we receive our stem cells are FDA approved and monitored.
Can the cells be rejected or can I have a reaction?
In the decades that stem cell therapy has 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 cell therapy. However, the cost of our stem cell therapy 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 stem cell therapy in our office depends upon the patient’s specific condition and recommendation, but here is the good news…in the long run stem cell therapy will actually SAVE you money. One treatment with stem cell therapy 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 therapy 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 results for up to a year as the cell will regenerate every 28 hours up to 65 generations.
What is the treatment procedure?
Stem cell therapy in our office is a simple in and out procedure. Depending upon Dr. Snyder’s recommendation, you will have an injection directly into the joint, an infusion/IV, or both. 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 therapy 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 begin regenerating and repairing that tissue. Isn’t that amazing?
How many times will I need to get this done?
In most cases, you will only need one treatment! We see tremendous results with patients who have only had one treatment, but depending on the condition of the patient or how they feel down the road, they may decide to have an additional treatment.
I had a friend who did stem cell therapy and it was not successful. Why is that?
Not all stem cells are created equal. The stem cells your friend received were most likely amniotic or placental stem cells or possibly autologous stem cells, where your own stem cells are taken from your bone and re-injected into the joint. We do not use these types of stem cells as they are not as effective or safe. We use human umbilical cord-derived stem cells and here is why:
- They contain the most potent mesenchymal stem cells available and therefore produce the best regenerative results.
- It is the safest stem cell therapy option and does not require surgery.
- These cells are undifferentiated so there is no DNA or genetic transfer and no host-matching needed. There are no negative side effects and there has never been one case of rejection.
- They are “Day 0” stem cells meaning they are the most potent and hard working cells.
- Processed and delivered according to FDA guidelines of all tissue used for healthcare purposes (like blood transfusions).
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