What are the risks and side effects?
Because stem cell therapy uses your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury, serious side effects are very uncommon. Some patients have extraction site soreness that can last for 1-8 weeks, and some also have increased pain in the areas treated for 24-72 hours post-injection.
Am I guaranteed results?
Like all medical procedures, stem cell procedures have a success and failure rate. An initial consultation with Dr. Timmermans will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are deemed to be a good candidate, our success rate is between 70-85%.
How many treatments will I need?
While each person and condition are different, the majority of patients require 1-2 injections, spread out every 6-12 months, for full resolution of pain. Some patients with certain degenerative conditions may respond better with a pre- or post-PRP treatment.
How soon can I return to activity?
After the procedure, we recommend minimal activity for the first 3-7 days, followed by light activity for another 7 days, followed by increasing intensity on a weekly basis for another 2-4 weeks. You should be back to full activity within 6-8 weeks. Note, some patients may require an off-loader knee brace after a stem cell treatment, depending on the severity of their knee osteoarthritis. Other therapies offered by Regenerative Performance, such as oral and intravenous supplementation, can help speed the healing process.
What is the cost?
Because the procedure protocol will vary from person to person and because each person will have a unique condition to be treated, the pricing of procedures can vary considerably from patient to patient. An evaluation will give you a better idea of condition, treatment and costs specific to your situation.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Along with other regenerative injection therapies, stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance.
How can I prepare for the injection?
We recommend no corticosteroids (inhaled, topical, oral or injection) or blood thinners (Aspirin, Coumadin, Warfarin, etc.) for 4-6 weeks before the procedure, and no anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Advil, etc.) for 3 weeks before the procedure. We also highly recommend an anti-inflammatory diet for both before and after your stem cell procedure. This will be sent to you when you book your stem cell appointment with us.
Do I need stem cells in order to heal?
Not all injuries require stem cells to heal. For many patients the success rate with dextrose Prolotherapy in our office is in the 80%+ range for qualified patients. However, for cases of advanced bone-on-bone arthritis, meniscus tears, labral tears, or more serious tendon and ligament injuries, stem cells may provide a faster and more effective outcome.
How do I get started?
You can get started by booking an appointment with Dr. Timmermans by calling (520) 800-4355.