What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life, the elemental cells from which our bodies are made. They are formed at conception and specialized to become all the different tissues in the body: skin, organs, muscle, blood, bone, etc. For example, muscle cells begin as stem cells, then they are determined and become muscle cells. Stem cells are simply undetermined cells. We use stem cells for the purpose of maintaining and repairing tissue. Stem cell therapy enhances this natural function by introducing high concentrations to an affected area, which stimulates regeneration and allows healing to occur at a rapid pace.
How Quickly Can I See Results?
Stem cell therapy relies on your own regenerative healing to occur. Everyone is different and the healing process may take several months before results are seen. However, many patients report that they begin to experience results within a week, with fuller effects felt within 4-8 weeks. It’s important to remember that the effects of stem cell therapy continue to increase as time progresses up to one year. No accurate guarantee can be made regarding how soon results can be felt as we are treating patients with their own adult stem cells. It is all dependent upon the specific diagnosis and the severity of the problem.
How Long Is Recovery Time After a Procedure?
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. Most patients report returning to their normal daily activities within 24-48 hours.
Are There Side Effects?
Side effects are typically minimal and may include minor pain and irritation at the injection site. Since we are using a patient’s own stem cells, chances of immune system rejection are extremely low. Extensive research and testing using adult stem cells are ongoing worldwide, and to our knowledge, there have been no reported instances of “serious adverse events” in any studies. Please keep in mind that every procedure does have its risks, but we do practise a sterile technique which makes the risk of infection very low. In fact, we have not had any infections develop in any of the stem cell patients we have treated, as we take great care in keeping a sterile environment.