Your stem cell questions answered!
It’s normal to be anxious about a new treatment plan. Stem cells are relatively new, and there are a lot of myths about stem cell therapy. The reality of the treatment is that it’s quick and painless, with lasting results appearing in just a few weeks. Below we address some of the most common questions about stem cell therapy. Do you have a question that listed below? Contact us today! To learn more about our patients’ success, view our Success Story page.
Are the stem cells you use FDA approved?
The actual cells are FDA approved and so they go through a rigorous amount of testing through different boards, The National Institute of Health, The American Academy of Blood Banks, The American Academy of Tissue Banks, and the FDA. But it is out of the FDA jurisdiction to regulate stem cells because they’re natural, so just like your vitamin C isn’t regulated by the FDA, umbilical stem cell therapy is not regulated by the FDA.
Are stem cells legal?
The stem cells used at Charlotte Stem Cell are legal for use. There are minimal risks associated with regenerative therapy, and treatment is easy and painless.
Can I get any diseases from stem cells?
No, stem cell therapy is a safe, effective procedure with no reported side effects. All stem cells used at Charlotte Stem Cell are from FDA regulated stem cell banks to ensure they’re healthy and disease-free.
Do I have to go to the hospital?
Stem cell therapy is such a quick and easy procedure it can be performed in-house at our clinic! It takes less than 15 minutes, and you’ll be free to drive yourself home afterward.
Do stem cells have to come from someone I know?
Because stem cells are base cells that have yet to become more advanced, they do not need to come from someone you know. Stem cells are healthy, new cells that can adapt and generate to fit your body.
What’s the cost?
At this time, regenerative therapy with stem cells is a cash service since it is not covered by insurance plans. The total cost will depend on your unique treatment needs. Itis more affordable than most deductibles for more complicated procedures or surgery.
More than 85% of our patients receive treatment one time and experience significant enough change that they never get another shot.
How long will it take before I feel better?
Stem cells are attracted to inflammation in your body and they’ll go to work right away. This starts the regenerating process. Cells differentiate every 28 hours for 65 cycles giving 3 months of repair. Most people noticing significant improvement by weeks 4 through 6.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Our stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they don’t have any HLA (Human leukocyte Antigen) in them. Because of this, your body will not reject them. There is no debris in our stem cells like there is in placental or amniotic cells that could cause reactions. Our treatment is more safe than giving blood. We have a 85-95% success rate. Our cells are stored with American Association of Tissue Banks which is FDA Approved and monitored.
Will my insurance cover stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a cash service but will be less than most deductibles these days. Rather than spending a deductible for surgery or other invasive, dangerous procedure, this is usually a more affordable solution.
I just had a cortisone shot, how soon can I get an injection?
We want you to be off of all anti-inflammatories for at least a few days before and after your injection. Because stem cells work where there is inflammation, you should be off anti-inflammatories for a week prior to treatment and 3-4 weeks after. You may still take Tylenol for pain relief if needed.
Is this an option to avoid surgery?
Knee replacements are one of the most common Orthopedic surgeries suggested for pain relief. With a surgery comes multiple appointments, recovery down time, pain, scars, and occasionally hardware damage done to your body. Our procedures help alleviate pain and the conditions causing it with a same day injection. There is little to no downtime and most patients return to normal activity the same day.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is defined as an emerging field of procedures that aim to regenerate, repair, or replace damaged tissues and organs within the body. The U. S. National Institute of Health has defined regenerative medicine as the process of creating functional tissue to repair and replace tissue or organs that have lost their ability to perform or function due to damage, defects, age, or congenital defects. Since all major disease and diagnosis differ from person to person, a consultation with our doctor is required to see if this treatment would help you.
How much does regenerative stem cell therapy cost?
Please schedule an appointment with our office so that we can determine if you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy. At that time, we will be able to tell you how many cc’s you might need and what the cost will be. Our mission is to make the best stem cells available to those who need it.
Is this a painful procedure?
No! It’s a quick, painless injection which should not feel much difference than a cortisone injection.
Do I need to bring someone with me to drive me home?
This is as simple as an injection. You should be able to drive yourself home.
Why aren’t the major hospital based groups doing this?
If a knee replacement is about $57,000 (not to mention the cost of braces and therapy) and Stem cell therapy is drastically less than this amount the hospital-based system makes significantly less if 50% of the population regenerates their knees and no longer needs them replaced.