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Q: Are placental tissue product (also known as “amniotic stem cell therapy” or “cellular therapy”) treatments safe?

A: Absolutely. The amniotic tissue product we use to rejuvenate the spine and joint and heal wounds is composed of the growth factors, stem cells, extracellular matrices, cytokines, and other cellular components the body uses to naturally heal damaged or injured tissue. Treatment of many thousands of patients has proven there is no evidence that placental tissue products cause cancer, transmit genetic disease, or result in tissue rejection issues.

Q: Is more than one treatment needed?

A: Possibly. We assess each case carefully to determine the best treatment plan. Some patients need only one treatment, while others may need two or more to achieve the best outcome.

Q: What helps determine the outcome of placental tissue product therapy?

A: Various factors determine the outcome, including extent of tissue damage, disease, your overall health, and the area being treated.

Q: Is there anything else patients do to increase the effectiveness of placental tissue product therapy?

A: Yes.

Nutritional Supplements:
Daily use of the supplement program designed for the patient’s specific condition should improve outcomes.

Follow Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Patients are not to use any NSAIDs (aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) before or after the procedure because they may inhibit the inflammatory response needed for maximal healing. They are to be provided take-home instructions that clearly explain your post-procedure “do’s” and “don’ts”.
  • Patients are not to use any NSAIDs (aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) before or after the procedure. They are to be provided take-home instructions that clearly explain the post-procedure “do’s” and “don’ts” because not following these recommendations may inhibit the inflammatory response needed for maximal healing.

Continue Therapy/s
Patients should continue the physical or other adjunctive therapies recommended by you or other medical providers.

Minimize Alcohol Use
Patients undergoing placental tissue product therapy are advised to minimize their intake of alcohol, as alcohol consumption delays the body’s ability to release stem cells and impairs the healing process.

Q: How much downtime should patients expect after stem cell therapy?

A: It is recommended that patients take it easy for a couple of days after their joint rejuvenation injection. That being said, most patients experience little to no downtime from cellular therapy.

Q: How long does the healing/repair process take?

A: Generally, the repair process takes three to four months to achieve maximal benefit, but many patients experience improvement in as little as two weeks.

Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?

A: Because very few health insurers cover stem cell treatments, health insurance is not accepted as a form of payment. Notable exceptions include the fact that most Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) and Medical Savings Accounts (MSA’s) will pay for cellular therapy.

Q: What are placental tissue product therapy success rates?

As with any other procedure, there is no 100% guarantee. However, most patients are very pleased with their outcomes, and some require multiple treatments to achieve maximal benefit.

Q: If the therapy doesn’t work can patients still undergo surgery?

A: Yes. Receiving placental tissue product therapy does not preclude treatment recipients from having traditional surgery, and may result in a better outcome if they do end up requiring surgery. Also, if surgery is deemed a better course of action than placental tissue product therapy, patients should be advised against cellular therapy.

Q: How do stem cells know where to go and what to do?

A: When tissue is damaged it causes chemical messengers called cytokines to be released. Cytokines send signals that activate and attract stem cells to come heal damaged tissue. These chemical messages are so strong that stories abound of patients receiving treatment in one area of the body that results in dramatic improvement (or even healing) in another!

Q: What is the difference between placental tissue product therapy and other treatments such as steroid injections, joint replacements, joint resurfacing, and others?

A: The largest difference is that, while most treatments such as pills and steroid injections can temporarily improve a condition and reduce pain, cellular therapy has the potential to “cure” the problem. Why mask the problem when there is a safe and proven treatment that might cure it? Another difference is that placental tissue product therapy takes less than 15 minutes, is performed in the comfort and convenience of the physician’s office, and is not associated with significant post-procedural pain.

Q: When is the best time for cellular therapy?

A: As with most medical problems, the earlier it is addressed, the better. If a patient has a painful joint that has not improved after 4-6 months, it’s time to consider stem cell therapy. Bad news does not improve with time, and waiting too long can result in missing out on the possibility of having the joint or other concern restored to healthy function and may result in either invasive and painful surgery or joint replacement.

Q: Can patients use their HSA or MSA account to pay for cellular therapy?

A: Most HA accounts accept stem cell therapy as long as it is prescribed by a physician. Patients should confirm their HSA’s policy with their HSA account administrator.

Q: What conditions can be treated with cellular therapy?

CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED WITH PLACENTAL TISSUE PRODUCT THERAPY

Hand
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries
neuroma/other nerve pain

Wrist
tendinitis
carpal tunnel syndrome
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Elbow
tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease (ex: injured joint from gout, old fracture)
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Shoulder
bursitis
bicipital tendinitis
acromio-clavicular joint injury
rotator cuff injury
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Muscular Pain
fibromyalgia
chronic myofascial pain syndromes
pinched nerves
whiplash (cervical myofascial syndrome)
old muscular/soft tissue injuries (chronic wound pain, burn pain, etc.)

Foot/Toes
tendinitis
heel spur (plantar fasciitis)
neuroma/other nerve pain
pain/inflammation of ball of foot (metatarsalgia)
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Ankle
Achilles tendinitis
carpal tunnel syndrome
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Knee
patellar tendinitis
knee pain from unresolved ligament injury
bursitis
shin splints (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Hip
tendinitis
knee pain from unresolved ligament injury
trochanteric bursitis
shin splints (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
osteoarthritis
rheumatoid arthritis
joint pain from other systemic disease
old fractures/breaks/injuries

Skin
Ulcers and non-healing wounds caused by:
Diabetes
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Pressure sores
Injury and other causes