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Q: What is Regenerative Medicine?
A: One of the principal features of regenerative medicine is using your own tissue, stem cells and other regenerative cells, to assist the natural healing process. Ultimate tissue repair and improved function are the goals of regenerative treatments.
Q: What are Stem Cells?
A: Stem cells are the body's very own internal repair system. They are the foundation of development in living organisms. These undifferentiated cells help mend the body and heal tissue.
Stem cells have a unique set of properties that set them apart from other kinds of cells in the human body.
Stem cells can REGENERATE to replace damaged cells.
Stem cells can REPLICATE many times for long periods.
Stem cells are unspecialized and can DEVELOP into different types of cells.
Q: What is the Process of Stem Cell Therapy?
A: Upon obtaining a small adipose "fat" aspiration, stem cells are extracted and concentrated and given back to you by an intravenous infusion or by direct injection into injured joints or other damaged areas.
Q: Will Stem Cells Help Surgical Healing?
A: There is evidence supporting the use of stem cells during or after surgery in order to accelerate recovery. Ask your surgeon if your surgical procedure could potentially benefit with the addition of stem cell therapy simultaneously.
Q: What Should I Expect Day of Treatment?
A: Generally "stem cell" injection care is provided as outpatient care meaning no need for overnight stay (unless surgery was also planned). However, your physician may recommend brief conscious sedation for comfort purposes. Soreness or discomfort for a few days after procedure is not unusual. Pain medication is rarely necessary for donor or injection site. Everyone's response to stem cell injection care is different and likely depends upon severity of injured tissue being repaired.
Q: What Should I Expect After Procedure?
A: There may be some discomfort for 48-72 hours post procedure. We recommend rest and no exercise for 72 hours. Gradual return to regular activities may begin at 1-2 weeks post treatment. Your physician may require physical therapy as a guided assist in an effort toward re-establishing motion and function.
Q: Are Stem Cells FDA Approved?
A: The FDA has the authority to regulate stem cell products in the United States. With limited exceptions, investigational products must also go through a thorough FDA review process as investigators prepare to determine the safety and effectiveness of products in well-controlled human studies, called clinical trials. The FDA has reviewed many stem cell products for use in these studies.
Q: Will My Insurance Cover Stem Cell Injection Care?
A: Stem cell treatments are not generally covered by Medicare and insurance carriers.
What To Expect From a Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells are not used to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease as a first-line treatment. However, stem cells have the potential to treat a wide range of diseases. If a first-line therapy either fails to resolve the symptoms or produces intolerable side effects, you may then elect investigational modalities of treatment such as stem cell therapy. The potential benefits of autologous stem cell for eligible patients may include improvement in certain chronic degenerative diseases, and the results and degree of benefit vary by patients. The most widely used areas being studied are chronic degenerative, autoimmune, cardiac, and inflammatory conditions.
We will contact your primary physician to collect your medical history, labs, and other studies in order to learn about your condition, and to determine if you are a candidate for a stem cell treatment. In doing so, we discuss your planned treatment with your doctor and engage him/her in your care going forward. WE do not work with agents or insurance or third party payers. And therefore, you do not need a referral to seek treatment from one of your network doctors in the traditional sense.
There is very little if any discomfort in having a stem cell procedure. We do perform a small 50-100cc liposuction from your lower abdomen or flanks under local anesthesia. This lipo aspirate will be used in order to isolate stem cells. You will have the option of an oral or IV sedatives to minimize any discomfort. Most if not all patients elect to have a light IV anesthesia for the procedure.
The procedure takes just about 2 hours to perform. You will spend a short time in consultation with the nursing staff and your doctor both before and after the procedure. Plan on spending the entire morning or the afternoon with us! Please plan on having someone drive you to the facility and pick you up. You will not be allowed to drive yourself or take a share ride home.