stem cell specifics

What Benefits Does Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy Offer?

 

Umbilical Cord stem cell therapy is very safe and effective. Learn more about several benefits this treatment has to offer:


Amniotic stem cells contain no steroids. Instead, the injections rely on naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines.


Amniotic stem cells contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth.


Amniotic stem cells contain growth factors, which stimulate tissue growth.


With amniotic stem cells, there is no threat of patient rejection.


Lastly, amniotic fluid is a highly-concentrated source of stem cells, which makes this type of stem cell injection preferable over embryonic stem cells and the patient’s own stem cells (from fat or bone marrow).

Are Stem Cell Injections Safe?

 

YES!


Amniotic stem cell therapy is a preferred type of stem cell therapy because the cells come from an immunoprivileged site, which means that patient-rejection is extremely rare.


The use of amniotic stem cells is well researched, safe, and effective. Amniotic stem cells have been used by ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons for about 20 years.


All amniotic stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

What Should I Expect with an Outpatient Stem Cell Therapy Procedure?

 

Initial Visit

An initial consultation with our medical team will be required to find out if you are a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. If you are determined to be a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy, your procedure will be scheduled for another day. This initial consultation is usually covered by your insurance plan.

 

Preparation

  For two weeks prior to your procedure, do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). 

 

Procedure

Stand alone stem cell therapy is done as an outpatient procedure, so most patients will leave the clinic and resume low impact activities the same day. Some patients have reported mild pain for 48-72 hours after their procedure, but this can often be attributed to the absence of their routine anti-inflammatory medications. After this time period, most patients will experience a gradual decrease in pain and some may begin to notice increased function.

 

Post-Procedure

To give your procedure the best chance to provide lasting results, our medical team recommends the following post-procedure restrictions:


Do not take anti-inflammatory medication for 2 weeks after your procedure.


Rest for the first 24-48 hours after your procedure.


Restrict the treated joint to low impact / general use for the first 2 weeks.


For weeks 3-4, you may resume walking, cardio, and light lifting.


After 4 weeks, you may resume running and weightlifting.


Pay special attention to the treated joint and contact your physician with any questions or concerns you may have.


We may recommend a certain number of passive rehab visits that include pulsed electromagnetic frequency sessions.


We may also recommend certain supplements.

Please Note:

 If you are having a stem cell therapy procedure in conjunction with another surgical procedure, your recommendations may change. Consult with your physician on the guidelines and restrictions for your specific case. 

Is Stem Cell Therapy Covered By My Insurance?

 If you are having a stem cell therapy procedure in conjunction with another surgical procedure, your recommendations may change. Consult with your physician on the guidelines and restrictions for your specific case. 

Understand that Most Stem Cell Therapy is Experimental

It is important to realize that the reality of stem cell therapy is very different to what many have been led to believe by the media and the exaggerated claims from some unscrupulous stem cell therapy centers. Yes, there are plenty of patients who have reported an improvement in their condition following stem cell therapy but such anecdotal evidence should not be taken as the sole basis for making a decision on treatment.

By understanding that most stem cell therapy is at the experimental cutting edge of science you will be best placed to make an informed decision about where you decide to go for treatment – if you decide to go ahead at all. On the other hand, it is worth bearing in mind that the time between the possible identification of a stem cell therapy for a condition and clinical proof of its efficacy is often in excess of a decade.