Who is a Good Candidate for a Stem Cell Procedure?
The first step is to determine if you are a good candidate for an adult stem cell procedure. Your physician will want a history of your injury and a physical examination and may also need x-rays, and even an MRI. While stem cell therapy might be appropriate for certain conditions, it is not applicable for every condition. However, it has proven to be a viable option for patients suffering from pain. Good candidates for adult stem cell treatment usually are:
- A patient that wants to avoid the inherent complications that come with an invasive surgical procedure
- A pain sufferer that is interested in an option that offers potential for an overall improved quality of life
Keep in mind that every patient is different, so success of a stem cell therapy will depend on the severity of your condition and your body's response to stem cell therapy.
Overview of the Procedure
An adult stem cell procedure harnesses and amplifies the body's natural mechanism for healing and anti-inflammation. Once you have been identified as a good candidate for the procedure, a member of our team will review the procedure with you and answer any questions that you may have. A brief overview of the procedure is below:
- This therapeutic approach uses adult autologous stem cells, which are obtained from your own bone marrow
- In the procedure, the physician will aspirate these cells from your hip, concentrate them, and then deliver them back into your body in the area of damage or injury to aid in natural healing
- Typically, the process takes less than 45 minutes and the concentration of aspirate cells takes about 12-14 minutes
- Because your procedure will utilize a concentrated preparation of your own cells, the procedure is considered "autologous point-of-care"
After the procedure is completed, our staff will allow you to rest, but before you leave the office the staff will create a customized personal rehabilitation program to support your recovery. We will either ask you to come back for a few post-operative appointments or follow up with you by phone, email, or mail so we can track your healing progress.