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Top 8 Questions On Regenerative Medicine Therapy & Stem Cells

Jun 14, 2019Regenerative Medicine

Interested in trying regenerative medicine therapies to help your joint pain but have questions? First, we want to say congrats for considering regenerative medicine as an alternative to surgery and prescription pain killers. But we know you probably still have some questions on regenerative medicine. We are here to provide you the answers. Below you will find answers to the frequently asked questions we have heard from our patients. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to move forward with this therapy because it works.

It seems like today stem cells are all over social media and the news for good reason. When administered properly, the benefits of stem cells are incredible. We have seen first-hand how creating the ideal healing environment in the body using stem cells, growth factors, and cytokines. This therapy has provided patients here in the Syracuse area with successful outcomes for knee pain and should pain. It helps to reduce pain and inflammation caused by many different diseases, injuries, and chronic conditions.

If you are considering Regenerative Medicine Therapy, we suggest coming to one of our free educational seminars. By attending you will learn how it can be a solution to your situation.  If you are suffering daily from knee, shoulder or other joint pain… regenerative medicine is the answer you’re looking for.  Regenerative Medicine Therapy can also help chronic conditions, such as an autoimmune condition or a degenerative joint disease. We believe knowledge is power and the more you know about this healthcare solution the greater the chance you will be able to live your life to its fullest potential.

At Syracuse Medical we receive questions about regenerative medicine every day. So our medical professionals have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions they hear from patients.

Here Are The Answers To Our Top 8 FAQs About Regenerative Medicine

1. What are stem cells?

Stem cells have the ability to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate tissues in the body. When a disease or injury strikes, stem cells respond to specific chemical signals from your body and facilitate the healing process by stimulating your own body to repair itself.

2. How do stem cells work?

Stem cells that come from umbilical cord tissue (healthy post-natal C-sections) have distinct functional properties including immune-modulation and anti-inflammatory capabilities which support the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue associated with disease and injury.

3. How long will it take to see results?

Since each condition and patient is unique, there is no guarantee of what results will be achieved or how quickly they may be observed. According to patient feedback, the majority of patients report positive results in one to three months; however, the healing process continues for up to 18 months.  Remember rebuilding the body takes time, but regenerative procedures are worth the investment. The good news is getting healthy is always a faster process than degeneration.  Individuals interested in regenerative medicine therapy are urged to come in for a consultation to see if their condition can be improved by allogeneic Human Cell and Tissue Product (HCT/P).

4. What are the sources of stem cells from one’s own body?

There are three sources of stem cells from a patient’s body used clinically. These include adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow and umbilical cord tissue (Wharton’s Jelly).

5. What diseases and conditions can be treated with stem cells?

We provide regenerative medicine therapy for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Some conditions include Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Sports Injuries.  Consult with us to see if your condition may be helped.

6. Are there any known side-effects to the procedure?

The side effects of intra-articular injection of a regenerative medicine allograft are minimal, rare and may include but are not limited to infection, minor bleeding at the treatment sites and localized pain. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours.

7. Is Regenerative Medicine Therapy covered by insurance?

Regenerative Medicine treatments are not covered by health insurance at this time and we do not expect them to be in the future as Medicare deemed regenerative medicine procedures as elective.  Insurance companies do not cover “elective procedures”.  For your convenience, we have financing options available including interest-free options.  We also offer a prepayment courtesy discount.

8. Are these regenerative allografts FDA approved?

Our regenerative medicine allografts are regulated as human cell and tissue transplants, similar to skin and bone. As structural human cell and tissue products regulated under FDA CFR 1271 Part 361, our allografts do not require FDA approval, rather the guidelines for harvesting and processing the cells are strictly regulated to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and to maintain the structural integrity of the allografts as they’re harvested from umbilical cords and transferred for musculoskeletal cushioning, protection and supplementation. These regenerative allografts are FDA regulated rather than FDA approved.

Why Umbilical Cord Tissue-Based Regenerative Medicine

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information mesenchymal stem cells from the umbilical cord, especially found in the Wharton’s Jelly layer, are very durable and have large loading capacities making them ideal for use in regenerative medicine. There are no ethical issues that arise with this type of therapy. All tissue harvested for our regenerative medicine procedures is collected from donated placentas of live full-term scheduled cesarean births. What makes Wharton’s Jelly-derived Human Cell and Tissue Product the most effective product is the minimally manipulated processing by the laboratory and the young vibrant cells and tissue found in the Wharton’s Jelly Layer. These details create the best regenerative medicine products on the market.

However, what makes our Regenerative Medicine procedures achieve such positive outcomes for our patients is the knowledge of how to create the ideal healing environment in the body. By using mesenchymal stem cells in conjunction with a unique blend of cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and scaffolding proteins, we are able to create an environment that fosters the functional factors involved in the reconstruction, repair, cushioning and protection of human tissue. Because regenerative medicine cooperates with your body’s natural healing abilities, it is able to repair the damage in your joints that cause knee pain and shoulder pain without the side effects of surgery and use of dangerous prescription drugs.

Our Goal Is To Help YOU Live A Pain-Free Life

At Syracuse Medical, our purpose is to provide our patients with Innovative, Safe, Effective, Trustworthy and Proactive healthcare options that allow them to live their life to its fullest potential. We don’t let insurance companies dictate the patient care we offer. We do what is safe for the patient, what’s best for the patient and what gets results for the patient. Until recently Human Cell and Tissue Product derived from the Wharton’s Jelly Layer of the Umbilical Cord has not been available to Syracuse and the surrounding area, but we are proud to offer this to our patients and have been doing so for about a year and a half.

If you suffer from a knee pain or shoulder pain, regenerative medicine is a great option that can help you enjoy life again. Contact our office today to learn more by attending one of our free educational Regenerative Medicine seminars. We look forward to helping you soon!

Want To Learn More About Regenerative Medicine Using Stem Cells At Syracuse Medical? 

Schedule a consultation at our office in Baldwinsville to learn how we have helped many patients in the Syracuse area reduce and even eliminate their shoulder and knee pain naturally with regenerative medicine without surgery or prescription medications.