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Top 7 Questions to Ask When Considering Cellular Therapy

It’s understandable to have a lot of questions about a topic that not many people know much about. This can especially be the case when one is considering receiving cellular therapy. Although it’s a fairly new approach to treating medical conditions, it’s a fast-growing practice with many people predicting that it is the future of medicine. As a medical facility that prides itself on being one of the forefronts to providing cellular therapy treatment for multiple conditions, Regeneris Medical has compiled the top 7 questions to ask when considering cellular therapy.

Questions to Ask When Considering Cellular Therapy


1. What cellular therapies are available?

There are several different types of cellular therapies that have been integrated into regenerative medicine. These include skin and blood stem cells, cord blood stem cells, bone-derived mesenchymal stem cells, adipose(fat)-derived mesenchymal stem cells, and fetal stem cells.

The most frequently used stem cells tend to be bone or adipose(fat) derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). While some facilities still use bone MSCs, there is no doubt that autologous adipose-derived MSCs are by far the easiest and least painful to obtain, and absolutely ethical for the conduction of cellular therapy.


2. What cellular therapy should I choose?

This really depends on what you are trying to accomplish (for example, if you give birth and want to freeze your cord blood for your child for when he/she grows older and may need easy access to a potent and effective cellular therapy). Generally, mesenchymal stem cells are the most used due to their availability. Keep in mind that mesenchymal stem cells are 2,000 times more abundant in adipose (fat) tissue than bone. And like we’ve mentioned before, the protocol for harvesting adipose-derived MSCs (also known as Stromal Vascular Fraction, or SVF) is much easier and far less painful than harvesting bone-derived MSCs.


3. Who provides cellular therapy?

With regenerative medicine becoming more and more popular, and the research and use of cellular therapies on the rise, providers and clinical trials can be found nearly in every state within the United States of America. In fact, the U.S. currently has 136 clinical trials going on. That just shows you how popular the idea of utilizing regenerative medicine and cellular therapies is becoming.

One of the most important things you can do before receiving treatment from a doctor who claims to use cellular therapy is to do your research on said provider. Make sure that this doctor has a good reputation by using Google, FaceBook, Twitter, asking around on internet health forums, and speaking with other providers.

4. What does your provider specialize in?

This will require some research on your part. It’s important to know just what your provider specializes in. With this in mind, choose a practitioner that focuses on whatever part of the body your condition affects. Some facilities, such as Regeneris Medical, have multiple practitioners with different specialties.

However, understand that because cellular therapy is still being researched (note that that receiving autologous cellular therapies is safe), consider receiving treatment if a provider offers you to be a part of a study. The benefit of this is that you will receive free study medication and treatment, and you may be qualified to receive a stipend for your time and travel.


5. What facility near me has the most experience with cellular therapy?

Again, you’ll have to research a little further to make sure you are indeed choosing an honest and qualified practitioner. Big hospitals/medical facilities--or affiliates of these places--with notoriety and good reputations will generally have some sort of stem cell faction within them.

If you’re open to travel, Massachusetts is the top state within the U.S. in terms of providing above-and-beyond health care access with some of the most world-renowned doctors working there. Regeneris Medical is proud to be amongst one of the few facilities in New England that specifically specializes in treating ailments with regenerative medicine and cellular therapy.


6. What is the cost difference between traditional therapy and the cellular therapy?

Although cellular therapies are not covered by insurance, they can save you time and money in the long run. For example, receiving PRP Stem Cell Therapy instead of having total knee replacement surgery can help you avoid years of recovery time and multiple surgeries, as well as keep your wallet happy (in comparison to paying for a TKR, including all of the pre and post surgical factors such as physical therapy, infection treatment, follow-ups, etc.).


7. Should I participate in clinical trials for cellular therapies?

As we’ve mentioned before participating in clinical trials for cellular therapies can be incredibly beneficial. Not only for the researchers, but for the patients, as well. The benefits of participating in these studies is that, for the most part, (a) health insurance is not required (b) you will receive free study medication/treatment (c) you will also receive a stipend for your time and travel.


Contact Us

If you are considering cellular therapy over traditional therapy, call us at 1-855-734-3678 or e-mail us at info@regenerismedical.com

Knee Joint Replacement Surgery: Infection Could Potentially Be A Threat

As we’ve mentioned before, knee joint replacement surgery is not all fun and games, nor is it a means to an end. Knee joint replacement surgeries are both costly in terms of time and money, and take a massive physical toll on the body. While sometimes implants and surgical interventions are necessary to keep a person alive, are more natural route can be taken when it comes to joint replacements. Is it really an attractive idea to have a hunk of metal and plastic popped into your joint socket? One thought process with knee joint replacement surgery is that once the procedure is completed, that’s the end of it. However, that notion is far from true. Truthfully, a joint replacement surgery is just the beginning to a very long, painful, and annoying journey. A big part of this arduous venture, is the very real possibility of a post-surgical infection.

Infection & Mortality Rates of Knee Joint Replacement Surgery

Infection after a knee joint replacement surgery can be very serious, even deadly. In a 2015 study, infection rates and mortality rates were shown to be much higher in adults who are 75-80 years old than their younger counterparts. Not only that, but knee function began to deteriorate between 3-5 years in ages over 75, while patients under 75 only maintained proper knee function at 5 years, thus prompting another eventual round of knee joint replacement surgery.

A 2013 study also found this to be true, as it states that “the mortality rate among patients over the age of 65 years who were awaiting a surgical procedure for treating TKA infection has ranged from 0.4% to 1.2%, and between 2% and 7% among patients aged over 80 years.11 ” This means that, unfortunately, infection rates have been rising in patients receiving a total knee replacement. Although 1.2% and 7% may seem like small numbers, realize that over 500,000 (it’s closer estimated to 700,000) people a year in the United States have knee joint replacement surgery.

Although it may seem intuitive to stay at the hospital for the best care possible, hospitals do have infection rates, and unfortunately that can increase a patient’s chance of developing an infection. “It’s incredibly costly, difficult to diagnose, and difficult to treat,” says Dr. Joel Buchalter states. “[It] usually requires multiple operations.”

Dr. Buchalter brings up another important point in terms of total surgical cost. In addition to the initial knee joint replacement surgery’s cost, the mean cost of treating TKA infections has been estimated as 50,000 dollars per patient and 250 million dollars per year, in the United States.” In that case, a patient may technically have to pay for two major knee surgeries in a short period of time. Doctors may even have to totally remove and replace the implant. Not only is that a lot the patient’s wallet, but it’s incredibly harsh on his/her body, too.

Is There An Alternative to Knee Joint Replacement Surgery? Yes.

Regeneris Medical provides those who suffer from knee pain and osteoarthritis of the knee with the option of utilizing his or her own body to regenerate the surrounding tissues of joints. We harvest two of the body’s healing elements–platelet-rich plasma and adipose(fat)-derived stem cells–exploit their growth factors, and administer them back into degenerating joints. This minimally invasive procedure has virtually no infection risks, as it is not major surgery and all materials introduced into the body are derived from you.


Contact Us

If you are suffering from knee pain, call 1-855-734-3678 or e-mail info@regenerismedical.com to find out more information, and to schedule a consultation in which our doctors will create a personalized treatment plan that will work best for your condition.