Stem Cell Therapy FAQ'S
It takes several weeks for the biologic effects of stem cell therapy to be realized. Don’t forget, this is not a drug, but your own stem cells working to repair damage. Improvement may be noticeable at approximately 4 weeks and continues for up to six months after the treatment.
When you’re talking cells, numbers really do count!
Companies selling donor stem cells base their literature on random product samples prior to freezing. There is no way of knowing what the stem cell count and viability is of the product you’re getting injected, unless a count and viability evaluation is done prior to your procedure.
Doing our own testing for stem cell count and viability on donor cell injections, we have documented that they have a very low stem cell count (averaging in the thousands), and an even lower viability rate, (meaning most of those cells have already died). This drastically reduces any chance of a successful outcome.
Using your own adult stem cells, (regardless of age) our count is in the millions with an average 95% viability rate, (meaning 95% on average are alive).
It’s not thousands of primarily dead donor cells that can promote self-healing, but millions of your own living cells that have the greatest potential for a successful outcome.
Stem Cell Therapy has little to no recovery time. Patients should return to normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
The time it takes for the patient to experience pain-relief is dependent on the degree of damage and each individual case. Using your own stem cells to facilitate healing takes time. Many patients begin to experience pain relief from 4 to 8 weeks following their procedure.
Patients follow a post-procedure protocol, which has been designed by our integrated team of medical professionals, to allow the stem cells to do their work in an optimum environment. This encourages a high treatment success rate.
All medical procedures carry some risk factor, but risk factors are generally no higher than taking blood. Because we use your own stem cells, there is no risk of rejection.
All procedures are completed the same day. We have a sterile procedure room and an on-site closed system sterile lab for processing.
Our physicians are extremely experienced and always use needle guidance to ensure accuracy and safety.
Prolotherapy uses a substance, primarily glucose, that is intended to cause a mild irritant to the damaged tendon or ligament. While the substance formula may vary, it is not derived from the patient. Therefore it is the most cost effective of Regenerative Medicine therapies.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is derived from the patient’s own blood. It is then processed accordingly to obtain a plasma high in healing platelets. The processing takes place in our on-site lab under sterile conditions and is then injected into the damaged tendon, ligament or joint. Because this process is more intensive and requires precision in processing for the treatment to be maximally effective, the cost of PRP is higher than Prolotherapy.
In spite of published research, Prolotherapy and PRP are considered investigational/experimental by insurance companies at this time. Therefore insurance coverage for both procedures is not available, and is an out-of-pocket expense.
While research continues, many conditions treated with stem cells have shown exceedingly successful outcomes. We suggest a consultation with our physicians to help you decide if this is the best course of treatment for you.
Not all conditions require Stem Cell therapy. Some conditions may require surgery, while many other conditions will benefit from PRP Therapy, Prolotherapy, physical therapy, chiropractic care or a combination of therapies.
Stem Cell Therapy procedures are not covered by your insurance. Some policies may cover portions of the treatment, such as needle guidance.
At Ultimate Medical Group there are no “hidden” costs.
Please contact us for current pricing.