When it comes to making any sort of medical decision people only want to focus on the hard facts. People aren’t as convinced to try a new medical procedure or drug, just because they saw an impressive commercial on television. People want to look at the numbers such as:
- What is the success rate for this new procedure?
- How many patients have used this procedure?
- How can I be 100% certain that this procedure will work for me?
However, with stem cell therapy there are a lot of loose ends. Stem cell therapy is not a drug. In fact, many clinics (not ours) are using patients own cells and placing them back in the body. This means that the FDA doesn’t require years of testing.
Also, stem cell therapy is a relatively new treatment. Like all new treatments, there isn’t a lot of data to compare. We can’t look at large, blind studies on the masses to determine if stem cell therapy is beneficial compared to other treatment options.
Finally, we always emphasize at our clinic that not everyone is a good candidate for stem cell therapy. We always talk about how if a patient doesn’t have enough cartilage for the stem cells to replicate, the odds of a successful treatment decrease.
Unfortunately, many clinics aren’t as concerned about the success of their patients. Many clinics take patients that clearly need a more invasive procedure to correct their musculoskeletal conditions. This means that one patient will have amazing success with the treatment and the next will not.
How can we provide success rates to potential patients if there are so many loose ends?
At this point all we can do it look at our own data, and data from clinics that are very similar to ours.
So what is the Success Rates?
The video above is a clinic much like our own and the expert in regenerative medicine does a great job explaining some of the success rates for you.
First of all, what is considered “success”? We consider stem cell therapy a success if there are any symptomatic relief and any increase in cartilage. As you know the reason you have symptoms is because you have worn away the cartilage in your joint. Increasing cartilage to these painful areas may decrease painful symptoms, which would be considered a success.
- So far 80% of the patients are considered successful! This means that 80% of our patients experience pain decrease and increased cartilage thickness.
- The success rate for knees alone is around 95-97%
We have the ability to measure cartilage thickness with ultrasound technology and the results are typically taken around the 6-7 month mark.
Why Does Stem Cell Therapy Not Have a 100% Success Rate
Like all medical treatments, there is not a 100% success rate. We have had great results with many of our local patients, however, not all treatments are created equal. Many different factors influence your success rate such as:
- Severity of condition
- Post treatment care