Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues, they serve as a sort of internal repair system dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as new knee cartilage, a muscle cell, or a brain cell, etc.
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We use two different kinds of stem cells in our office. For injuries or conditions which are not advanced or not yet at a chronic state we use a product called Amniofix®[ https://irmedicalcenter.com/treatments ].
AmnioFix® is a composite amniotic tissue membrane minimally manipulated to protect the collagen matrix and its natural properties. AmnioFix® reduces scar tissue formation, modulates inflammation, enhances healing, and acts as a barrier.
For conditions which are more advanced (bone on bone) we utilize the product from Regen Medicine for cord blood Stem Cells. Cord blood mesenchymal stem cells are specialized cells which have the ability to receive signals from other cells in the body and seek out inflammation and degeneration and go to that area to repair it. An injection of cord blood mesenchymal stem cells will repair bone, tendon, ligament, cartilage and muscles. Research has shown stem cells can benefit a wide variety of health issues and help people live stronger healthier lives.
Stem cells are neither a food nor a drug which is why stem cell therapy does not become approved by the FDA, as is true for all natural therapies. However, the sources from which we receive our stem cells are FDA approved and monitored.
In the decades that stem cell therapy has been implemented, there has never been one case of rejection. That’s pretty impressive! The reason is that these cells are undifferentiated; this means they do not contain HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen which is used to match patients and donors) which means your body will not reject them. There is no debris like there is in placental or amniotic cells that could cause reactions – another reason why we use umbilical cord stem cells. The worst thing that could happen to you is some stiffness in the joint from the healing process or possible redness around the injection site. This is just your body’s natural healing process hard at work!
Our office participates with major insurances [https://irmedicalcenter.com/insurance-coverage ] and luckily insurance does not cover stem cell therapy. This allows us to keep the prices lower than what a joint replacement surgery costs.
The cost of stem cell therapy in our office depends upon the patient’s specific condition and recommendation, but here is the good news…in the long run stem cell therapy will actually SAVE you money. One treatment with stem cell therapy will regenerate new tissue – this is a permanent solution – as opposed to shots, medications, surgeries, or other treatments that have to be done on an ongoing basis, causing you continually invest more money. We have made the stem cell therapy affordable and we are happy to also offer financing options. Please call us at 804-454-7240, or contact us at https://irmedicalcenter.com/insurance-coverage to discuss all options.
We see patients regularly that have been told they are bone on bone and must have surgery. We have had great success with these cases in preventing surgery and replacing the damaged tissue. If you are able to bend your knee at all, you still have tissue in your joint. Stem cells will seek out the inflammation in your joint(s) and begin regenerating and repairing that tissue.
Stem cell therapy in our office is a simple in and out procedure. Depending upon our doctors’ recommendation, you will have an injection directly into the joint, an infusion/IV, or both. Appointments are 45 minutes long and you can drive yourself to and from the appointment as there is no sedation or side effects. Our staff will explain the procedure in depth during your complimentary consultation. Or call us to arrange for a consult:
Those stem cells will go to work right away – reducing inflammation, regenerating tissue, and modulating your immune system. We expect most patients to begin noticing results with a 1 – 6 week time period. It could be something like, “Hey, I just bent down and picked up a case of water” or “Wow, I slept great last night!” You can expect to see continued improvement for up to a year.
In most cases, you will only need one treatment! We see tremendous results with patients who have only had one treatment, but depending on the condition of the patient or how they feel down the road, they may decide to have an additional treatment.
Current and traditional stem cell therapy consist of using the patients own stem cells. This process is called PRP (Platelet Rich Proteins) or allograph therapy. Often cells are extracted from the patients own bone marrow, blood or fat cells. The cells are spun to separate the layers of density and the stem cells from the patient are reinjected into the patients damaged tissue.
This type of therapy is not only expensive and painful but not effective relative to cord blood cells.
We use human umbilical cord-derived stem cells and here is why:
They contain the most potent mesenchymal stem cells available and therefore produce the best regenerative results.
It is the safest stem cell therapy option and does not require surgery.
These cells are undifferentiated so there is no DNA or genetic transfer and no host-matching needed. There are no negative side effects and there has never been one case of rejection.
They are “Day 0” stem cells meaning they are the most potent and hard working cells.
Processed and delivered according to FDA guidelines of all tissue used for healthcare purposes (like blood transfusions).