Though stem cell therapy continues to grow in popularity, many people still do not know a lot about it. The most common questions are, what is stem cell therapy, is it safe, does it hurt, and is it effective? Here, we will answer all of your questions.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the process of harvesting stem cells and injecting them into a patient’s blood or an area of the body suffering from pain or cancer. These stem cells can come from a patient’s own body or a donation. The stem cells traditionally used in stem cell therapy are adult stem cells. Sources of adult stem cells include bone marrow, fat (adipose tissue), and amniotic fluid. Click here to learn more about stem cells.
Adult stem cells are not to be confused with embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells are created in a lab, and embryonic stem cells have different properties and are harvested in a controversial way; we do not harvest or use them at Cedar Stem Cell Institute.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Stem cell therapy is very safe. If the stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body—also called an autologous transplant—the chances of the body rejecting the stem cells are extremely low. If the stem cells are donated, stem cell therapy is also very safe, but the effectiveness depends on the type of treatment and varies from patient to patient.
Does stem cell therapy hurt?
There are two ways to administer stem cell therapy: localized injections or intravenous infusion. Patients who receive local injections first receive a local anesthetic, so they should not feel pain. Intravenous infusions are also not painful as the stem cells are delivered through the veins of the patient. To harvest stem cells, a local anesthetic is also used.
Is stem cell therapy effective?
This depends on the condition being treated. Thus far, stem cell therapy has proven to be effective for common conditions such as spinal cord injuries, back pain, arthritis, elbow pain and knee pain. Many studies are being done on countless types of other conditions. If you are interested in stem cell therapy for yourself or a loved one, please contact us to get more information specific to the condition.
At Cedar Stem Cell Institute, we pride ourselves on being as transparent and patient friendly as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in stem cell therapy.