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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answer Your Questions About Stem Cell Therapy

How are stem cells and platelet rich plasma collected?
Stem cells are collected from either bone marrow or adipose (fat). Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is taken from the patient’s own blood.
Is stem cell and PRP therapy safe?
Absolutely – we are using what your body makes naturally, concentrating the vital parts necessary for healing and transplanting it to the area needing it most.

That being said, your doctor’s experience does matter and all cellular therapy treatments are not equal. In the last few years, awareness about cellular therapy has grown significantly and as a result, many non-specialists are adding it to their repertoire. We frequently hear these doctors and centers describing cellular therapies as “new” that we’ve already treated thousands of patients with. Inlet Physical Medicine’s mission is to give our patients the most effective treatment available, developed and administered by the best possible doctors in their fields.

All of our protocols and processing locations are certified by the institutional review board (IRB) which is FDA regulated.

Is more than one treatment needed?
Each case is assessed carefully to determine the best treatment plan, which may include more than one cellular therapy. Some patients need only 1 treatment, while others need several to experience the full effects.
What determines the outcome of my stem cell and PRP therapy?
Various factors determine the outcome including the extent of damage, disease and the location being treated.
We do not like to treat more than 2 areas at a time as the effectiveness can be decreased. Treating more than 1 area at a time is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Is there anything else I can do to increase the effectiveness of my therapy?
Yes. We have teamed up with scientists that have found a positive increase of stem cell release with the use of specific supplements. We recommend not using any NSAIDs near or during the procedure, which may inhibit the inflammatory response we want for healing. We also recommend continuing your physical therapy.

There are various conditions that can affect the progress of stem cell therapy, some positively, others negatively. Patients undergoing stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma treatments are advised to minimize their intake of alcohol, as consumption tends to delay the body’s ability to release stem cells. On the other hand, some supplements can help stimulate cell output. Your Inlet Physical Medicine health advisor will walk you through other steps you can take to maximize the effectiveness of your therapy.

How much downtime should I expect after stem cell therapy or PRP therapy?
Typically, there is no little to no downtime from cellular therapy.
How long does the repair process take?
Generally, the repair process takes two to three months to complete, but in most cases improvement can be noticed before then.
Is this procedure covered by insurance?

Almost any practice offering cellular therapy will immediately tell you that their procedures are not covered by health insurance. At Inlet Physical Medicine, we’ve parented with advisers who can help you recapture as much as possible from your insurance company if your specific case allows for it.

How often does the procedure work?
We have performed several thousand stem cell and PRP procedures in our offices with results usually surpassing typical invasive orthopedic procedures.
Can the procedure fail?
Like any other procedure there is no 100% guarantee. In certain cases, it is possible that you may need additional treatments or your stem cells do not have enough repair potential relative to the severity of your disease.
If the stem cells or platelets do not work can I still have surgery?
Yes. There is nothing about these procedures that would preclude you from having traditional surgery. We evaluate each case carefully, however, so if it’s possible to tell that the best course of action is truly conventional surgery we will advise you on that.

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