Are stem cell procedures approved by the FDA?
The FDA does not “approve” or “not approve” medical procedures (like gall bladder surgery for example). Stem Cell Therapy is considered a medical procedure.
Many Stem Cell and Blood Platelet Procedures performed in the U.S. today are same-day procedures that are compliant with CFR 21 Part 1271 and fall under the same surgery exemption discussed in 1271.15 (b).
Can the procedure be done in a single appointment?
Many stem cell procedures performed throughout the U.S. are same-day procedures. This means that the patient’s cells are harvested in the morning, isolated and processed, then re-injected into the patient’s injured area – all within a few hours. This makes the procedure compliant with CFR 21 Part 1271, falling under the same surgery exemption discussed in 1271.15 (b).
Other procedures involve harvesting the cells on the patient’s first visit, growing them to larger numbers over approximately two weeks, testing the cells, then re-injecting the cells during the patient’s second visit. There is also the procedure where stem cells that are donated following a healthy, live birth with the consent of the expecting mother before delivery are provided. These are the best source of stem cells and cause no harm to anyone.
Such treatments are not readily available in the US, however, many high quality clinics overseas provide this treatment with great success.
Is stem cell therapy the same as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
No. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrating platelets in the blood, not stem cell therapy. While PRP is at times a component of stem cell therapy, they are different treatments.
A (PRP) Procedure is a platelet procedure that is commonly available using bedside centrifuges.
I can’t afford the treatment I need. What do I do?
There are many options: Have you considered traveling to Costa Rica or Panama? There are many accredited, English speaking clinics that offer procedures that cost fractions of what you would pay in the United States. Have you seen the financing options for healthcare?
Is financing available?
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How can I know that the clinic is right for me?
Each clinic is vetted and has accreditation to confirm its quality and competence. You can see patients’ comments and reviews to learn more about their experience with the clinics.
Why would I travel to a clinic overseas?
The quality of these clinics is the same or higher than the quality of clinics in the US. The procedures are more affordable than the cost of the same procedures in the US. While stem cell therapy is available in the US for arthritis and neuropathy, many patients have received safe, effective treatment overseas that is not available yet in the US.
Will Medicare/Medicaid pay for these procedures?
It would be the patient that can confirm if their Schedule B will cover procedure costs. We have seen cases where Medicare will pay for a portion of the therapy within and outside the US.
How can I afford to travel and pay for procedures overseas?
Travel expenses and the cost of a procedure at these high quality clinics is often much less than the cost of the procedure alone in the US.
Are these destinations safe?
We have posted clinics and destinations that are trusted by US citizens who have relocated to the destinations listed.