Stem cell therapy treatments: What to expect

Stem cell therapy treatments: What to expect

Stem cell therapy treatment is a noninvasive way of healing orthopedic injuries and ailments. As an alternative to surgical procedures, stem cell therapy uses the body's own stem cells to treat back problems or chronic pain in the shoulders, hips, knees and feet. This natural remedy has shown impressive results. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, stem cell therapy has a much faster healing time and poses very little risk of infection or complication. Here's what to expect before, during and after your stem cell therapy procedure:

Stem cell therapy candidates have typically tried all other medical options for treating chronic pain with no results. Popular among athletes, stem cell therapies are for people looking for a noninvasive fix for their ailments. Those who are interested will first need to schedule a consultation with their physician. One determining factor will be the severity of your condition. According to the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, to confirm your diagnosis, an MRI may be needed. This will also help rule out any other conditions that would potentially inhibit the procedure.

Once it has been determined that you are a strong candidate, the therapy will be explained in depth and a date will be set. Preparing for any type of medical treatment can be both daunting and nerve-racking, but the good news is that not much preparation is needed for stem cell therapy. According to the San Antonio Orthopedic Group, it is recommended to avoid any kind of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to the procedure.

The entire process is quite fast and is usually complete in under 45 minutes and typically done on an outpatient basis, according to The Premier Stem Cell Institute. The procedure begins with an IV of anesthesia or sedation. A trained physician or orthopaedic surgeon will remove some of your bone marrow. The bone marrow is then placed into a device that separates the stem cells from the bone marrow. These cells are then injected back into your body at the site of pain or injury and the natural healing process begins.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, you will be free to go home. It is recommended that you rest for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, however, according to the San Antonio Orthopedic Group, some people feel well enough to resume low-impact activities the same day. For the next two weeks, do not put any unnecessary strain on the treated area but cardio is allowed. After four weeks, both running and weight lifting are allowed. It is advised to refrain from taking any anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks following your procedure.