What is research-based or evidence-based medicine?
Research-based or evidence-based medicine is an approach to medical practice intended to optimize decision-making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well designed and conducted research. Each aspect of your stem cell treatment has been analyzed and designed around the latest stem cell clinical research studies where both safety and efficacy have been shown. This includes the harvesting of tissue, the processing of your cells and the administration of your stem cells back into your body.
Where do the stem cells come from?
The stem cells used in these treatments come from the patient’s own body. More specifically, from the patient’s adipose or fat tissue. Within this fat tissue, lies the highest concentration of mesenchymal stem cells which are responsible for proliferation and healing throughout the body.
How much fat or adipose tissue is taken from my body for this procedure?
Roughly about 150-200cc’s of fat is taken for this procedure. This is a very small amount (about 1 cup) which can be taken in a minimally invasive mini-liposuction procedure.
What is adult adipose stem cell therapy?
Adult adipose stem cell therapy is an interventional technique which utilizes the patient’s own adipose or fat stem cells. Once the stem cells are harvested through a mini-liposuction procedure they are minimally processed or “activated” and finally reintroduced back into the patient’s body. The stem cells are essentially blank slates. Once they are activated they have the ability to proliferate and differentiate into the proper type of cells which may be damaged in the patient. This technique has been shown to be very safe and effective to help improve disease related symptoms in patients.
Adipose vs bone marrow?
TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to stem cell treatments that utilize a patient’s own adipose or fat derived stem cells. There are a few advantages of this when compared to bone marrow:
– Adipose tissue contain significantly more mesenchymal stem cells when compared to bone marrow.
– Adipose tissue has a higher immunomodulatory effect when compared to bone marrow which can result in a much more effective treatment for patients with auto-immune conditions.
– Adipose tissue is easier and less invasive to harvest from a patient.
Board certified physicians?
TruStem Cell Therapy always provides access to stem cell therapy by Board Certified Physicians. Each physician completes their own part of the stem cell treatment process for which they specialize. This ensures the physicians with the most experience focuses on their specialty to help ensure a safe and effective treatment.
One of the biggest advantages of TruStem Cell Therapy is the expertise of our on-staff PhD Neuroscientist. By doing so, we are providing access to stem cell therapy by a true cell scientist capable of employing the latest research into each step of your treatment protocol. This provides patients with a level of safety and efficacy they cannot receive elsewhere.
Clinical Studies registered through NIH?
TruStem Cell Therapy offers patients from all over the world access to stem cell clinical studies registered through The National Institutes of Health. These studies will allow us to publish the results of treatments bringing forth even more evidence of the safety and efficacy of adult stem cell therapy for various conditions.
What side effects or complications has TruStem Cell Therapy observed from these treatments?
Adult adipose stem cell therapy has been proven to be an extremely safe option for patients. Typically patients will experience some soreness or bruising from the abdominal area where the adipose or fat tissue has been harvested by the surgeon. This can last between 2-4 weeks after the treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
Patients will be with us for 3 days. The first day of arrival is a new patient orientation followed by a one-on-one consultation with your doctor. The second day is your treatment day. The final day is a quick check-up by the medical team before clearing you to return home.
How much does the treatment cost?
The cost of each patient’s stem cell therapy can vary depending on their condition as each treatment is customized around the patient’s needs. Please contact us to discuss the cost of your specific stem cell therapy.
How long does it take to see results from treatment?
While some patients do see an immediate response from their stem cell treatment the vast majority of patients will see a response anywhere from 1-3 months after their treatment. Keep in mind, every patient is different and there are many factors that can determine this.
Do patients travel to Illinois to receive stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell?
The significant percentage of patients come from either out of state or out of country. The procedure is minimally invasive so patients can return home the afternoon of the day after their stem cell treatment.
What part of the travel does TruStem Cell Therapy cover?
TruStem provides patients with travel coverage which includes the cost of their hotel stay and ground transportation to and from the airport.
Does health insurance cover the treatment?
Health insurance does not currently cover adult stem cell therapy. There are some stem cell companies claiming their treatments are covered by insurance, however this only applies to the labs and testing which is a negligible amount.
Is there financial assistance available for stem cell therapy?
TruStem Cell Therapy offers resources to finance up to 50% of the cost of your stem cell treatment. Below are multiple trusted resources who provide medical loans at the best rates possible:
Are there any Moral or Religious concerns?
Moral and religious concerns exist in regard to embryonic or fetal stem cells. These concerns do not apply to adult adipose derived stem cell therapy as the cells come only from the patient’s own body.
Is this procedure FDA approved?
No, however our treatments are in compliance with the FDA’s latest guidance which defines “homologous use” and “minimal manipulation.” The full guidance document can be found HERE.
What conditions can adult stem cell therapy be used for?
Adult stem cell therapy may be able to help the following conditions:
Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, COPD, Diabetes Type 2, Alzheimer’s, Wound Care, Many Auto-immune conditions, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and more.
Keep in mind, there are also many conditions/disease that stem cell therapy is known to be ineffective for such as many neurological conditions including ALS. For more information on those conditions, please contact us to speak with one of our Patient Advocates.
Candidacy for treatment?
The medical team takes multiple factors into account when determining a patient’s candidacy for stem cell therapy. There are multiple factors that could exclude a patient from receiving treatment. Patients must complete a medical history evaluation form to determine their candidacy before scheduling their treatment through TruStem Cell Therapy.
Am I too old to receive benefit from a stem cell treatment? Should placental/amniotic/umbilical cells or cell products be used instead?
Be aware that representatives at certain stem cell clinics/companies will claim your stem cells are too old to provide therapeutic benefit when utilized as a treatment. This is not true since a vast number of clinical trials have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of stem cells derived from individuals of advanced age. This therapeutic effect has been reliably repeated and well documented in medical literature.
However, many representatives will argue that placental/amniotic/umbilical cord cells or cell products are a more appropriate therapy for individuals of a certain age. Unfortunately, this is a marketing ploy with the intent of selling a treatment or “add-on treatment” of little value. Placental/amniotic cell treatments utilize off-the-shelve products that lack real therapeutic benefit. A recent study demonstrated that these products contained only dead cells or cell fragments. Further, these products contained very low levels of growth factors, levels no higher than ordinary blood. Be highly cautious of any clinic or company that claims to provide living placental/amniotic cells as part of their therapy. This likely indicates the cells are from an unknown source and could be contaminated with any number of viral or bacterial pathogens.