Stem Cell Therapy FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] on Stem Cell Therapy
- Are there any ethical issues with Adult Stem Cells?
- How do I know if Stem Cell therapy is good for me?
- Are there any side effects to Stem Cell Therapy?
- What are the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?
- What is the difference between Stem Cells from fat and from bone marrow?
- How do I know if the Stem Cells are injected in the correct place?
- What is PRP and why is it used with Stem Cell Therapy?
- How is PRP obtained?
- Are there any special procedures to prepare when doing Stem Cell or PRP Therapy?
- How soon can I go back to my regular activities?
- Is Stem Cell Therapy FDA Approved?
Are there any ethical issues with Adult Stem Cells?
No, adult stem cells are not embryos. They don’t have the potential to develop into a new human being. They reside in the bone marrow and fat and they exist in large quantities. Learn More »
How do I know if Stem Cell therapy is good for me?
Consult with your physician if you have any type of joint pain or if you suffer from any degenerative disease. Stem Cell Therapy enables the patient’s body to use it’s own stem cells to heal and repair. Learn More »
Are there any side effects to Stem Cell Therapy?
It is a very safe procedure. After a complete medical evaluation, our specialists will determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Some patients may experience pain and soreness during the post-operative period. Because autologous blood and fat is used, there are minimal chances of allergic reactions. Learn More »
What are the potential benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?
Healing, repair and regeneration of injured or damaged tissue. It can regenerate tissues that are injured in meniscal tears, ligament tears, rotator cuff tear, tennis elbow and in degenerative diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis. It decreases pain at the level of the injury and improves performance. The procedure is done in an office setting, under local anesthesia. This eliminates the risks associated with surgery or anesthesia. Learn More »
What is the difference between Stem Cells from fat and from bone marrow?
Both types, adipose and bone marrow stem cells belong to a type of adult stem cell known as Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Adipose stem cells are collected via a mini liposuction procedure and bone marrow cells are aspirated from the hipbone. Bone marrow stem cells have a superior ability to repair and differentiate into ligaments, cartilage and bone. On the other hand, adipose stem cells have far regenerative properties to make new blood vessels, a process that is essential for oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues. Learn More »
How do I know if the Stem Cells are injected in the correct place?
At AALMA we know that the success of any treatment relies on having a reliable delivery system. We use a very simple injection in and out method to deliver the stem cells and our injections are all done under fluoroscopy (x-ray) to visualize the site of injury and provide an accurate and effective treatment. Learn More »
What is PRP and why is it used with Stem Cell Therapy?
PRP is blood plasma that has a high autologous concentration of a group of cells called platelets. This cells release growth factors and other proteins that promote wound healing in bone and soft tissue. When we inject PRP, the high concentration of platelets, delivers powerful doses of growth factors that accelerate and enhance tissue repair and healing. These growth factors also attract Stem Cells to the site of injury. When injecting PRP, more than one injection is recommended to maximize results. Learn More »
How is PRP obtained?
PRP is obtained with a simple and safe blood draw. Special collection tubes are used and about 16 cc of blood is obtained. The blood is centrifuged with special equipment until PRP is obtained. After this process the PRP is ready for injection or to be mixed with fat for aesthetic enhancement. Learn More »
Are there any special procedures to prepare when doing Stem Cell or PRP Therapy?
We encourage patients to undergo a simple detox before the treatment to prepare the body to be better conditioned to receive the stem cells. Patients should cease cigarette smoking and alcohol at least one week before the treatment. We recommend our IV Vitamin Therapy, which not only cleanses our system from toxins, but also at the same time, infuses vitamins and minerals in our bloodstream. These vitamins are required by some cells to carry out important functions. Having a good balance of these vitamins in our cells will enhance the effect of the treatment. Learn More »
How soon can I go back to my regular activities?
The procedure is ambulatory. Patients are usually sore during the first couple days after the injection. Patients can return to work after 2 or 3 days, depending on the site of the treatment and the load of physical activity that is required from the patient at their jobs. Learn More »
Is Stem Cell Therapy FDA Approved?
There are no clear protocols to treat any disease with adult stem cells in the U.S. With the advance of science and more research, laws and regulations in the field of regenerative medicine will be changing rapidly. Although Stem Cell Therapy is not FDA approved, we follow the standard regulations for patient safety and laboratory practices. Learn More »