Stem Cell Therapy (SCT) uses your body to heal itself. Basically, SCT is a concentrated amount of stem cells harvested from bone marrow or fat tissue. Newer technology now allows healthcare providers to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of stem cells in an office setting from a much smaller amount of bone marrow or fat tissue.
What’s all the hype about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy allows the body to take advantage of the normal healing process at a quicker rate. During the natural healing process, the body sends many cell-types to the area of treatment to initiate the healing process. Stem cells promote healing through cell differentiation, where the stem cells themselves become other types of cells that the body needs to repair damaged tissue or create new tissue. This promotes healing at a vastly accelerated rate.
SCT Has Many Clinical Applications
- Knee: Patellar Tendinitis, Patellar Femoral Syndrome, chondromalacia patella, partially torn or strained major ligaments of knee (ACL/LCL/MCL), meniscus tears, arthritis, patellar instability
- Hip: Iliotibial Band Tendinitis (ITB Syndrome), Psoas Tendinitis and bursitis, Greater Trochanteric Bursitis, Hip labrum tears, Piriformis Syndrome, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, arthritis
- Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or Tear, Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome or Bursitis, Bicipital Tendinitis, labrum tears, arthritis, instability
- Wrist/Hand: DeQuervaine’s Tenosynovitis, arthritis, other wrist or finger tendinitis, ligament tears or dysfunction of the fingers
- Elbow: Elbow tendonitis and epicondylitis, arthritis
- Ankle/Foot: Achilles Tendinitis, Peroneal Tendinitis, arthritis, recurrent ankle sprains, other foot or ankle tendinitis
SCT Also Has Many Advantages
Safety: SCT is the patient’s own body product, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
Convenience: SCT is performed entirely in the office.
Cost effectiveness: Since SCT harvesting is done with about 50 cc of body tissue, the patient does not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in a hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions About SCT
Is SCT safe? Yes. During the in-office procedure a small amount (about 50 cc) of your own bone marrow or fat tissue is harvested. This body fluid is then placed in the centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the SCT is formed and ready to use.
Will my insurance cover the costs? Unfortunately not. While stem cells have been used for decades to treat a variety of diseases, their application in the treatment of pain is still relatively new which means insurance companies do not cover SCT.
Are there any contraindications to SCT? Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases will not qualify for this on-site procedure. Check with your healthcare provider to help you determine if SCT is right for you.
Am I a candidate?
Dr. Penni Vachon will assess each patient and determine whether SCT will be an effective course of treatment for them.
How long does SCT take to “work”?
Most patients notice some element of improvement within the first few weeks after SCT.
How long does SCT last?
There is no definitive answer as each person is unique. Research has shown that SCT on average lasts for many years.