Stem cell injections are a popular new form of regenerative therapy that can help with a variety of conditions including tendon and ligament injuries, joint pain, and osteoarthritis. Stem cells have also shown to be effective in hair regrowth, urinary stress incontinence, skin conditions, lung issues, and much more! If you’re suffering from any of these conditions, you might be a candidate for stem cell treatments.
Stem Cells FAQ – Common Questions
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — the building blocks of cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. They essentially provide the blueprints of healing. Under the proper conditions in a laboratory, stem cells divide to form additional cells known as daughter cells. These daughter cells either become new stem cells in a process of self renewal or become specialized cells with a more specific function in a process of differentiation. Stem cells are the only cells in the body that have the natural ability to generate new types of cells. In regenerative medicine, Dr Blatman harvests these stem cells from your own tissue, or uses placenta or umbilical cord products of healthy live birth infants whose mothers have donated them.
How Long is the Stem Cell Treatment Recovery Process?
The length of the recovery period this type of regenerative medicine depends on the type of injury being treated. In general, expect 1 to 2 weeks for the discomfort to be mostly gone. Injections are a same-day procedure that can take as little as 1-2 hours to complete. In some cases, patients can return to work as early as the next day or the next week.
Does It Hurt?
Patients may experience discomfort during the procedure as well as aching for a few days following an injection of regenerative medicine. Pain medication or a topical numbing agent may be used. You will use moist heat and more to increase your body’s ability to heal.
What Does It Cost?
The cost of stem cell therapy depends on a few different factors, including how many injections you need and the type of injury you have. Additionally there are several ways to get stem cells for your treatment. In general, there are a limited number of stem cell clinics in America and an even smaller number of physicians who understand how to correctly perform the procedures. Fortunately, regenerative medicine is much more affordable than most surgeries. If you’re concerned about cost, please call our office to learn more about your available options.
Does Insurance Cover It?
Insurance usually does not cover treatment with stem cells. Your HSA account and policy may be helpful. Patients should consult with their insurer for more information on reimbursement and filing a claim for a regenerative medicine treatment. In some cases, payment plans may be available.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Treatment with stem cells is unique in that the cells go to work to assist your body in healing the underlying condition. This is in stark contrast to medical procedures like knee replacements that merely “band aid” the situation. It can take a long period of time for your body to build new cartilage but it’s worth the wait! Many patients report considerable improvements after only two weeks following a regenerative medicine treatment, but it can take up to a year to see complete results. What this means is that you’ll likely see improved mobility with every passing month.