FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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MOST COMMON STEM CELL QUESTIONS

MOST COMMON STEM CELL QUESTIONS

Commonly asked questions and answers regarding stem cells, their sources, clinical applications, and available therapies at the Stem Cell Medical Center are listed below. If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact us and we will gladly assist you!

GENERAL FAQs

Regenerative medicine is a new and advancing scientific field focused on the repair and rejuvenation of your damaged tissue utilizing various therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to the use of adult mesenchymal stem cells. Regenerative medicine is natural healing.

First, a review of your medical history, physical exam, and imaging studies is completed by an ISCMC stem cell specialist. Next, any and all additional questions are answered. During a simple procedure, stem cells are given intravenously to the patient and may also be injected into specific sites depending upon the medical condition. This entire procedure takes place in a specialized room, with experienced professional personnel. The whole procedure usually takes less than 60 minutes. The patient is comfortably awake the entire time, and only in special circumstances will a sedative or local anesthetic be administered. The average patient experiences minimal or no pain from the procedure.

Our medical center is staffed with a highly experienced team of doctors that are educated in the United States, and our lead physicians are leaders that have pioneered different stem cell treatments and research.
They are passionate about their procedures and all of our patient care is provided or supervised by licensed, highly knowledgeable physicians.

Our team of physicians reviews each patient’s case on a unique basis, and after your review, they then decide which physician best fits you based on his/her specialty.

The mesenchymal stem cell is the most studied stem cell in the body. Thousands of peer-reviewed research articles have been published in just the last few years about this amazing stem cell. Most of this research involves how the M.S.C. can potentially treat autoimmune diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, lupus, and fibromyalgia just to name a few. All of this research involves placing the M.S.C.'s into an IV. Once in a vein, the M.S.C.'s travel to the capillaries of the lungs, where they "talk" with other cells via paracrine communication (cell to cell communication). When they leave the lungs, the M.S.C's are attracted to and concentrate in focal areas of inflammation. This means the M.S.C.'s can send out signals that modulate your immune system and decrease the inflammation. Essentially, the research shows that intravenous infused M.S.C.'s have many potential anti‐inflammatory benefits.

No one knows how long the therapeutic effects of a stem cell procedure will last. Depending upon the clinical condition, stem cell therapy may be repeated at intervals to maximize clinical efficacy. For example, IV infusion for anti‐aging, wellness and life prolongation may be given up to four times a year. Neuro‐degenerative disorders may be given stem cells 2 to 4 times a year depending on the nature and severity of the disease. Musculoskeletal disorders may be given as a one-time injection or may be repeated as indicated.

Our experience is that about 5% of patients have a second stem cell procedure done within two years of the first procedure. Having a second procedure does not increase any risks. Our experience indicates a second procedure often provides the additional relief a patient is seeking. If a patient doesn’t achieve adequate results within three months of the first procedure, a second procedure should be given serious consideration.

Unless you are only doing the IV infusion procedure, you should be off ALL blood-thinning medicines for several days before your stem cell procedure. This includes ALL heparin products, Plavix, Coumadin, and NSAIDs (Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex, and adult dose aspirin). Baby aspirin dosage is OK. You will be instructed when you can resume your medications after the procedure.

We recommend you rest for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Most patients are sore from the procedure for a day or two. Walking is encouraged as soon as it is comfortable to do so. Activities should be slowly increased as tolerated over the next several weeks. Normal activities can be resumed within six weeks following the procedure. Every patient is unique and your recovery time may be slower than this. Post-procedure chiropractic or physical therapy treatments may help speed your recovery.

At this time, regenerative medicine is not covered under insurance plans. We do offer payment solutions to assist our patients with the cost of treatment.

Treatment costs vary based on the extent of therapy you may require. Our stem cell counselors will outline costs and options for your specific condition.

TREATMENT FAQs

To start your evaluation, please complete our online Patient Application.

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us today!

At Stem Cell Medical Center, therapy protocols are tailored to each patient based on their ailment and physical condition. The primary delivery methods used are:

Intravenous (IV)

The safest methods for delivering stem cells throughout the body. Though anesthesia is not required, a topical numbing agent may be used to minimize discomfort from the IV.

Intraarticular (IA)

Stem cells are injected directly into problem joints, often with ultrasound guidance. No anesthesia is required, and there is little to no discomfort after the procedure.

Intramuscular (IM)

Stem cells are injected directly into the muscle. Intramuscular delivery is safe and targets the affected area more precisely. IM treatments do not require anesthesia.

Each treatment and patient is unique, and there is no guarantee of what results will be seen or how quickly they may be observed. Some patients have commented on changes during the course of their treatment or within a few days to weeks, others have experienced improvement within 6 months of returning home. Some patients do not improve at all after treatment.

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