Stem cell therapy can be a life-changing choice for many people. It can oftentimes succeed where other treatment options have failed, but there are always caveats—things to consider—before choosing a practitioner. Above all, you want it to be safe and you want the procedure to work. Although there are no absolute guarantees, some due diligence is always recommended prior to starting treatment. Treatment should be based on science, not simply hope or beliefs.
- Are the procedures completed by Board Certified Physicians?
- Where will they derive the stem cells? (Fat, bone marrow, donor...this is important!)
- How are the cells treated prior to injection?
- Is their process FDA compliant (hard to believe, but some clinics are not following FDA guidelines!)
- Is the clinic making promises that sound too good to be true?
- Does the doctor have research to back up the claims?
The field of regenerative medicine is rapidly developing and new research surfaces daily, so it's critical that people understand the current treatment's safety and efficacy for their condition. There's a lot of excitement about stem cells but we have to do this in a smart way.
There are four main things you should consider before doing stem cell therapy:
Stem cell therapy consideration #1: research and experience
Many practitioners are new to stem cell therapy and so have not amassed large volumes of data or research to substantiate their results. Bennulife, on the other hand, has completed more procedures and has published more scientific papers than just about any clinic. With more than 120,000 procedures under our belt, we are known as pioneers in stem cell therapy and can prove that the treatments we offer are both effective and safe.
We have a full-time, in-house staff of physicians and researchers whose only focus is to further the work we are doing in stem cell therapy. We follow each and every patient throughout their journey, which has given us a clear advantage in this area as we can accurately predict not only whether a patient is a good candidate for stem cell therapy, but what their recovery will look like over time.
Stem cell therapy consideration #2: FDA compliance
Even though stem cell therapy is more common than ever, not all treatments are approved by the FDA. Although there is a great deal of research being conducted into this area, the FDA has only approved those that have proven themselves to be consistently safe and successful. Clinics who offer stem cell treatments for reasons other than that are considered unscrupulous and illegal. The FDA is currently cracking down on clinics who operate outside of these parameters as patients have experienced serious side effects or simply no results at all.
Stem cell therapy has great potential to treat a wide range of complaints and chronic diseases, but there is currently no evidence that these practices are either safe or effective. There are clinical trials going on all the time, but before you rush in, be sure that the medical practitioner you choose is working above board and always with your safety in mind.
The only stem cell treatments that are considered FDA compliant are those sourced from bone marrow. Bone marrow contains three types of stem cells—endothelial cells, stromal fractures, and mesenchymal stem cells—while stem cells derived from fat only contain mesenchymal stem cells. These types of stem cells have fewer complications and work better to regenerate joint tissue.
If you are speaking to a clinic about such treatment, ask them directly whether the procedure is approved or not – and don’t be afraid to ask for confirmation, and even documentation, if you are unsure. Ask as many questions as come to mind and be sure you understand all the inherent risks before you commit.
Stem cell therapy consideration #3: Repeatable, consistent, and customizable results
How your stem cells are concentrated is as important as how they are used. Bennulife uses equipment that represents the latest in stem cell technology – FDA approved, patented kits that help us process the most consistent and accurate concentration of cells. The risk of infection is very low, and the devices we use offer the highest concentration of mesenchymal stem cells possible today.
All our surgeons are board-certified, and fellowship trained, ensuring that you have the highest possible degree of expertise and the medical field’s latest research on your side. Through meticulous research and by maintaining a high level of quality control, we can repeat and customize our stem cell treatments to assure you the best possible results.
Stem cell therapy consideration #4: using your own cells is essential
To affect optimum healing, we leverage your own, healthy cells, concentrated and “optimized” for natural healing. Once extracted, your stem cells are activated through a process called cell signaling – in other words, they need to be programmed as to what they will become. Once the extracted stem cells understand what they are supposed to do, they will begin the job of repairing and replacing damaged tissue. Since we are using stem cells from your own body, there is no chance of rejection and no ethical concerns. Once the stem cells have been introduced, they can go about their task of replacing and repairing the damaged tissue in question.
Stem cell therapy can help rebuild and replace degenerated and damaged tissue between joints, offering a natural alternative to surgery that has been transformative for thousands upon thousands of people.
If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy, schedule a consultation today. You can also call and we are happy to answer all your questions! 512-213-1668.
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