You’re tired of living with arthritis or chronic joint pain and you’re looking for answers. You don’t want to live the rest of your life in pain, but you are afraid of surgery too. This is the common dilemma we encounter regularly and at the end of the day you just want to get back to living your life, pain free.
We understand that stem cell therapy is a relatively new procedure and to many people it seems like a magic cure, or a solution to everyone’s orthopedic problems. There’s still a lot of confusion with stem cell therapy and we’re dedicated to help calm the confusion. We’ve compiled 10 of the most popular questions with answers.
1) What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative procedure that uses stem cells to heal your problematic joints. In many situations the reason you have joint pain (knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain etc.) is because you have damaged the cartilage in the joint from years of wear and tear. An injection of stem cells into the joint, where cartilage degeneration occurs, may rebuild the joint and relieve your joint pain.
2) What type of stem cells do we use for stem cell therapy?
At the Stem Cell Professionals we use Amniotic Stem Cells, which are located in the amniotic membrane that surrounds the baby in the uterus.
3) Why do we use Amniotic Stem Cell?
We use amniotic stem cells for a number of reasons. The main reason is because there are no ethical concerns with Amniotic stem cells since the stem cells are donated to us and no one is at risk. Another reason is because they are easy to obtain, process and use. Finally, amniotic stem cells are some of the most effective stem cells for joint and tissue repair.
3) How do we obtain the stem cells?
As mentioned before no one is at risk or hurt while harvesting the stem cells. During a scheduled C-section with a healthy mother she donates her stem cells that come from her amniotic fluid. The cells are processed at an FDA approved lab and are stored at sub-zero temperatures until we need them. When we order the stem cells they are overnight delivered to our facility and placed on dry ice until they are used for therapy.
4) Are there ethical issues with stem cell therapy?
No. There are no ethical issues with stem cell therapy in any way. The stem cells don’t cause risk or harm to anyone. The stem cells are donated from the mother and stem cell therapy is a business that complies with all laws and regulations within the state it resides.
5) How do stem cells heal my joints?
You are most likely in pain because you have worn away the cartilage in between your joints. Years of using your joints have worn away the cartilage and now you’re in pain. We inject stem cells into the problematic joints and the stem cells have the ability to rebuild the cartilage and tissue. Rebuilding this tissue allows you to move without pain. Since stem cells are essentially “premature cells” they have the ability to transform into other cells they come in contact with. When the stem cells come in contact with your knee cartilage, for example, they transform into knee cartilage cells and rebuild the affected area. This allows you to move as you did before you wore away your cartilage.
6) How long will it take to see results?
Each and every patient is different and there is no guarantee of or how quickly the results will be noticed. There are many patients that experience pain relief and improvement during the course of their treatment. However, there are also many patients that experience improvement within 6 months of returning to their homes.
7) What should I expect before the procedure?
Not just anyone is a candidate for stem cell therapy. It would be unethical to tell you that you are a candidate over the phone. Before the procedure we will do an X-ray and a quick diagnosis to determine if you are a qualified candidate.
8) What should I expect during the procedure?
Once we determine that you are a proper candidate for stem cell therapy we will begin the treatment. The treatment consists of an injection of stem cells into the problematic areas and the procedure is finished within an hour. You will be in and out of our office within 45 mins to an hour.
9) How much does stem cell therapy cost?
The cost of stem cell therapy depends on the treatment that is required and we will answer all of your financial questions after you come in for a diagnosis. The treatment will include stem cell therapy and the preliminary diagnosis and examination.
10) Will insurance cover the cost of stem cell therapy?
At this time insurance companies do not cover stem cell therapy.
Hopefully this cleared up a few concerns you’ve had regarding stem cell therapy. If you believe you are a candidate contact the Stem Cell Professionals today at (717)-881-2343