What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating previously irreparable organs to heal themselves. (Wikipedia)
Does Stem Cell International use any embryonic, animal or other person’s stem cells?
No. Stem Cell International only uses your adult mesenchymal stem cells. Your stem cells are capable of regenerating bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, ligaments, blood vessels, and certain organs. Embryonic stem cells are associated with ethical considerations and limitations.
How does Stem Cell International obtain a person’s stem cells?
Stem cells are harvested and deployed during a same day outpatient procedure. Patients undergo a minimally-invasive extraction of adipose tissue and a blood draw.
How much downtime should I expect after stem cell therapy?
Typically, there is little to no downtime from stem cell therapies.
Why does Stem Cell International choose to use adipose tissue rather than bone marrow?
At Stem Cell International, our physicians are trained to preform both procedures. From adipose tissue, we can obtain 2,500 times more viable adult derived stem cells than that obtained from bone marrow. The number of stem cells aspirated from bone marrow decreases significantly in individuals over the age of 40.
How does Stem Cell International control sterility in the processing of the stem cells?
Stem cells are harvested under sterile conditions using a special “closed system” technology so that the cells never come into contact with the environment throughout the entire process from removal to deployment. Prophylaxis oral antibiotics are also used to prevent infection.
What Technology Does Stem Cell International use?
For further information of the equipment used to process your cells
Can stem cells treat cancer?
Throughout the country stem cells have played an important role in cancer therapy. Stem Cell International though has not added treatments for cancer to the practice at this time.
Is our procedure FDA-approved?
NO. Current preclinical research indicates that stem cell transplantation may be an effective treatment although no current procedure is FDA approved for a specific indication. We provide stem cell therapy as a service and as a practice of medicine only. The FDA does have guidelines about treatment and manipulation of a patient’s own tissues. At Stem Cell International we meet these guidelines by providing same day treatment with the patient’s own cells that undergo no manipulation and are reintroduced during the same procedure.
How long does it take to see improvement?
Stem cell therapy relies on the body’s own regenerative healing. The time frame in which results are noted vary from patient to patient and the conditions being treated. Typically, stem cells start the regenerative process within three to four weeks and can take up to 6-8 months following treatment.
Is everyone a candidate?
Generally, everyone is a candidate. We would love to have you come in for a free consultation where you will meet with the physicians to assess your issues and concerns. They will explain how stem cells will benefit your condition and formulate a personalized treatment plan for you.
How long do I have to stay for the procedure?
All procedures vary but one can expect to be in the office for 2-5 hours.
While undergoing stem cell therapy can a person drink alcohol, smoke, or use drugs?
No. Anyone undergoing this treatment is advised against drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking narcotics. We advise no alcohol consumption 48 hours before and 72 hours after the procedure. These activities can prove detrimental to the final results of the stem cell therapy. Patients should only take the supplements or medications prescribed by the physician.
Does Insurance Cover Stem Cell Treatments?
Unfortunately, there is no billable code for stem cell therapy.
What is the cost for Stem Cell Treatment?
Treatment recommendations are individualized, unique to each condition or injury, and vary in price.