STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem Cell Therapy Procedures are performed by a Fellowship trained Surgeons. Fellowship training is the highest level of training available for spine surgical care in the United States.
Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration a reality in treating many diseases. Through regenerative medicine, a person can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using the healthy stem cells that can be found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research has shown that it is possible to use stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body.
Stem cells help to create new cells in existing healthy tissues and may help to repair tissues in those structures that are injured or damaged. They are the basis for the specific cell types that makes up each organ in the body.
Are my stem cells grown in a lab?
Adult stem cell therapy is a point-of-care procedure which means the harvest and injection occur on the same day. It does not involve growing stem cells in a lab. Clinics who are offering this service may be subject to FDA scrutiny if they do not comply with regulations.
How much does an adult stem cell procedure cost?
The average cost of an adult stem cell procedure ranges between $4000 to $7000, and is generally based upon the joint being treated.
Is this therapy cleared by the FDA?
Doctors draw bone marrow from your hip and then concentrate it using an FDA-cleared device. Unlike procedures which process fat with enzymes or use living foreign cells like amniotic products, bone marrow concentration is carried out using your own cells with minimal manipulation at point-of-care, which meets the FDAs definition of the practice of medicine.
How are adult stem cells obtained, prepared, and delivered?
A bone-marrow derived stem cell therapy generally takes 45-minutes. During your procedure, the physician will use a needle to withdraw bone marrow from the hip (5 minutes). A trained nurse or technician then uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the adult stem cells and growth factors present in the bone marrow (15 minutes). Finally, the physician will deliver your concentrated stem cells back to the targeted area(s).
What is the recovery period like?
After a joint injection, you can typically go back to work immediately. It is advised to avoid load-bearing activities for at least 2 weeks. After a disc injection, you should rest for 2-3 days and try to stay off your feet. In any stem cell procedure, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) should be withheld for one week pre-procedure and one week post-procedure.
How long will it take until I feel relief or gain functionality?
Every patient is different, and the different areas being treated produce different results. Physicians have reported at emerging Regenerative Medicine conferences that some patients feel relief from a knee or other joint within 3 weeks; for disc injections (spine), around 3 months.
This therapy is not like a steroid injection, which tends to show a rapid effect. Autologous bone marrow concentrate stem cells need time to address the microenvironment that is causing the pain, and then determine the best way to respond.