10 Questions To Ask Your Stem Cell Therapy Clinic
If you’ve heard about the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy, and are considering this treatment option, here is a list of 10 questions you need to ask when doing your research.
Lately we’ve seen an increase in advertising from various companies promoting Amniotic or Placenta Donor Stem Cell Therapy. Sales brochures claim very high numbers of viable stem cells, even claiming that they are better than using your own stem cells.
They have “free informational seminars” all over the country, (mostly in restaurants), and are spending a tremendous amount of money on advertising. Their websites claim to cure everything from congestive heart failure to spinal cord injuries.
Unfortunately these types of corporations are doing an injustice to legitimate Stem Cell Therapy clinics that use specially trained experienced physicians, in a surgical environment.
Research has shown, (including our own research done on several samples of these products), that once this product is thawed, there are minimal, to no viable stem cells.
Stem Cell Therapy is NOT Created Equal
We have listed some guideline questions you should ask when researching a clinic that performs stem cell injections.
If you can answer “Yes” to all of these questions, then you should feel confident that you are going to have the best chance of success from your treatment.
- Are the stem cells from your own body and not donor cells? (Independent studies, including studies we have done ourselves on various products, has shown donor cell products contain only trace amounts of live stem cells)
- Is the person performing your injections a board-certified physician, who is experienced in a specialty that is specifically trained to perform injection-based care into joints? (specialized training means better outcome results)
- Will the facility show you their location, labs and procedure rooms, or is your “Free Informational Seminar” in a restaurant?
- Is there a consultation using imaging to evaluate your unique condition and whether or not you are a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?
- Are your own stem cells processed on site in a closed-system sterile lab?
- Is the stem cell harvest procedure performed using standardized sterile techniques?
- Are the stem cells tested for volume count and viability (how alive and how numerous are the stem cells)? You should receive both of these numbers prior to injection(s).
- Are the injections performed using either diagnostic ultrasound guidance, or fluoroscopy guidance? (Even experienced physicians know that no two anatomies are exactly alike. It is responsible medicine to use guidance)
- Does the facility perform your procedure in a sterile environment?
- Does the clinic offer post-injection physical therapy or physical therapist guidelines to assist in the healing process?
Stem Cell: The New Buzz Word
- Stem cell beauty products?
- Stem cell vitamins?
- Stem cell serum with swiss apple stem cells?
The general public is starting to see the word “stem cell” everywhere. Why? Apparently it sells. However on inspection, you realize that most of these products “promote” your own healthy stem cells. A good quality vitamin, for example, has exactly the same potential. The product may have stem cells in it, but they’re dead cells and dead cells do nothing.
Your body’s own stem cells have the potential to heal. We all have stem cells from birth to death. The stem cells must be extracted properly, handled properly and injected into the exact area of injury.
There is no viable short-cut that has the same potential for promoting self-healing.