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5 Questions to Ask Before Stem Cell Therapy

We live in an information age, in which most if not all of human
knowledge is available at our fingertips. We need only know where
to look to gather this information.  While much of this information
is reputable and presumed to be true, there is a lot of
misinformation out there masquerading as fact or pseudo-fact. 
Whereas once we turned to “experts†(either as educated
professionals or trustworthy publications), to answer our
questions, now the bulk of knowledge is at our fingertips,
literally, through our personal screens at the touch of a
button.

Unfortunately, with this plethora of available information comes
a caveat.  In this modern era of knowledge, we often fall victim to
disintermediation.  This breakdown of the line between producer and
consumer is seen not only in economics but in the generation of
content as well.  Anyone can purport to be an expert on anything by
simply self-publishing content on the subject.  In the field of
medicine, this can lead to the rise of unsafe practices in the
pursuit of undeserved wealth, often at the expense of the patient. 
In our most recent blog post, we outlined 5 things to keep in mind
when considering Stem Cell therapy.  Included in this blog
was the unsettling fact that some practitioners bolster their
numbers and provide fallacious patient testimonies to try and
attract patients without the prerequisite information or knowledge
to tell the difference between professionals and charlatans.  While
the “5 things to consider†article provides valuable
information, it is passive in nature and only addresses the nature
and formula of stem cell therapy.  Stem cell therapy does indeed
offer an effective and low-risk therapy modality that has been
proven to improve patients’ quality of life, this is only the
case when the procedure is carried out in a sterile environment
under the care of a skilled physician and his clinical team.  It is
actually easier to give the impression that these conditions exist
than to actually carry out the therapy, and the only way to avoid a
potentially unsafe procedure is for the patient to be not only
well-informed but also cautious.


Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center - 5 Questions to Ask Before Stem Cell Therapy
With this in mind, it
is even more important that patients have the necessary information
to make an informed decision, as well as knowing what questions to
ask a provider before making that decision.  Be vigilant yet not
suspicious, you are your own most valuable advocate.  Ask the
practitioner who will be performing your stem cell therapy these
questions (as applicable) and don’t accept any answer which seems
flippant or dismissive.  In this age of information, we all must be
well-informed and be able to discern fact from convenient
fiction.

  • What is your medical team’s background?

This question is especially important.  With new clinical
settings opening all the time, regenerative medicine is definitely
a growing industry.  Unfortunately, some non-professionals may see
it as the path to easy money.  That’s why it is especially
important to ensure that your medical team has the necessary
experience and training and that they are headed by an experienced,
well-credentialed physician, with procedures performed in a sterile
environment.  Your provider should talk to you about your medical
conditions and expectations early in the process, and inform you
clearly of your options.  There is no “miracle cure,†so
don’t accept any testimonials or accounts that claim otherwise. 
Be sure to ask the provider how many of these procedures have been
performed, as well as how many cases or conditions similar to your
own have been addressed there. In addition, ask about the
expectations in your own case.

  • Have you helped patients like me?

Along the same lines, it is important that your doctor has
experience in core medicine and in treating condition/conditions
like yours, understanding that rare conditions may surface very
infrequently.  Providers may specifically research osteopathic
conditions, re-growing cartilage, and bone with stem cells.  Others
may be interested in rebuilding heart muscles or address sports
injuries, while others still may be dedicated to helping those with
Alzheimer’s or dementia.  While stem cells can be effective in
treating a wide variety of conditions, they can only do this when
administered by a proficient medical professional with knowledge,
understanding, and experience in dealing with those various
conditions.

  • Where are the stem cells taken from?

While we at the Gulf Coast Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Center primarily work with autologous adipose-derived stem cells,
other clinics may operate differently.  For instance,
Orthopedic-focused clinics can harvest their stem cells from bone
marrow.  It is especially important that you ensure that your
clinic of choice doesn’t claim to use stem cells from actual
embryos, as there are currently no FDA approved uses for these
cells, and their use is strictly limited to certain research
centers. Umbilical cord stem cells are a different category.  Also,
be wary of clinics who use unharvested stem cells they purchase
elsewhere (this the bulk of clinics that use umbilical, placental
or amniotic products).  To maximize efficacy and reduce the risk of
rejection, viral infections (known and unknown) and giving else’s
genetic material, your provider had better use your own stem cells
within hours following extraction.  Autologous stem cells have been
proven to help your body heal itself!

  • Are all procedures performed on-site? And in the United
    States?

As important as ensuring that you get to use your own cells is
the fact that they are taken and returned to you within the same
facility.  Many clinics outsource their extraction procedures,
which is not the recommended form. Not only does it add a level of
inconvenience to the patient/taking longer, but also the quality
control standards are not within the clinic’s direct supervision.
 Even a great doctor cannot adequately compensate for badly handled
or contaminated stem cell samples.  Having an onsite lab with staff
under the direct supervision of your chosen doctor is the key to
ensuring a successful round of stem cell therapy.

  • Can I receive Stem Cell Therapy on the Gulf Coast?

Why yes you can!  The skilled and experienced team at Gulf Coast
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center harvests adipose-derived
stem cells as SVF (Stromal Vascular Fraction) from your own fat and
rapidly reintroduces them, with minimal processing, through a safe
deployment process. SVF is an abundant and reliable source of stem
cells. Before deployment, they pass through a 100-micron filter to
ensure on particles or clumps get into the body.

It is very important for us that you feel comfortable and that
you come to trust the expertise of your clinical team, and that you
have confidence in their ability to address your condition and
expectations.  However, you should never be discouraged from asking
questions and seeking clarity as you gather information.  Beware of
practitioners who promise “miracle cures†or cannot adequately
answer your questions.  Be wary of anyone who promises the moon but
can’t tell you how they plan to get there, or makes you feel like
addressing your questions is below them.  Once you have
familiarized yourself with the basic facts about the field of
regenerative medicine, as outlined in our previous blogs, and have
asked the pertinent questions, you are ready to make an informed
decision about future stem cell therapy options.  Take the time to
make a well thought out and thoroughly-researched choice, and you
won’t be sorry.  Good luck and good healing from the Gulf Coast
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Call (886)885-4823 or visit our website to find out
more.


Download: Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center
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We live in an information age, in which most if not all of human
knowledge is available at our fingertips. We need only know where
to look to gather this information.  While much of this information
is reputable and presumed to be true, there is a lot of
misinformation out there masquerading as fact or pseudo-fact. 
Whereas once we turned to “experts†(either as educated
professionals or trustworthy publications), to answer our
questions, now the bulk of knowledge is at our fingertips,
literally, through our personal screens at the touch of a
button.

Unfortunately, with this plethora of available information comes
a caveat.  In this modern era of knowledge, we often fall victim to
disintermediation.  This breakdown of the line between producer and
consumer is seen not only in economics but in the generation of
content as well.  Anyone can purport to be an expert on anything by
simply self-publishing content on the subject.  In the field of
medicine, this can lead to the rise of unsafe practices in the
pursuit of undeserved wealth, often at the expense of the patient. 
In our most recent blog post, we outlined 5 things to keep in mind
when considering Stem Cell therapy.  Included in this blog
was the unsettling fact that some practitioners bolster their
numbers and provide fallacious patient testimonies to try and
attract patients without the prerequisite information or knowledge
to tell the difference between professionals and charlatans.  While
the “5 things to consider†article provides valuable
information, it is passive in nature and only addresses the nature
and formula of stem cell therapy.  Stem cell therapy does indeed
offer an effective and low-risk therapy modality that has been
proven to improve patients’ quality of life, this is only the
case when the procedure is carried out in a sterile environment
under the care of a skilled physician and his clinical team.  It is
actually easier to give the impression that these conditions exist
than to actually carry out the therapy, and the only way to avoid a
potentially unsafe procedure is for the patient to be not only
well-informed but also cautious.


Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center - 5 Questions to Ask Before Stem Cell Therapy
With this in mind, it
is even more important that patients have the necessary information
to make an informed decision, as well as knowing what questions to
ask a provider before making that decision.  Be vigilant yet not
suspicious, you are your own most valuable advocate.  Ask the
practitioner who will be performing your stem cell therapy these
questions (as applicable) and don’t accept any answer which seems
flippant or dismissive.  In this age of information, we all must be
well-informed and be able to discern fact from convenient
fiction.

  • What is your medical team’s background?

This question is especially important.  With new clinical
settings opening all the time, regenerative medicine is definitely
a growing industry.  Unfortunately, some non-professionals may see
it as the path to easy money.  That’s why it is especially
important to ensure that your medical team has the necessary
experience and training and that they are headed by an experienced,
well-credentialed physician, with procedures performed in a sterile
environment.  Your provider should talk to you about your medical
conditions and expectations early in the process, and inform you
clearly of your options.  There is no “miracle cure,†so
don’t accept any testimonials or accounts that claim otherwise. 
Be sure to ask the provider how many of these procedures have been
performed, as well as how many cases or conditions similar to your
own have been addressed there. In addition, ask about the
expectations in your own case.

  • Have you helped patients like me?

Along the same lines, it is important that your doctor has
experience in core medicine and in treating condition/conditions
like yours, understanding that rare conditions may surface very
infrequently.  Providers may specifically research osteopathic
conditions, re-growing cartilage, and bone with stem cells.  Others
may be interested in rebuilding heart muscles or address sports
injuries, while others still may be dedicated to helping those with
Alzheimer’s or dementia.  While stem cells can be effective in
treating a wide variety of conditions, they can only do this when
administered by a proficient medical professional with knowledge,
understanding, and experience in dealing with those various
conditions.

  • Where are the stem cells taken from?

While we at the Gulf Coast Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Center primarily work with autologous adipose-derived stem cells,
other clinics may operate differently.  For instance,
Orthopedic-focused clinics can harvest their stem cells from bone
marrow.  It is especially important that you ensure that your
clinic of choice doesn’t claim to use stem cells from actual
embryos, as there are currently no FDA approved uses for these
cells, and their use is strictly limited to certain research
centers. Umbilical cord stem cells are a different category.  Also,
be wary of clinics who use unharvested stem cells they purchase
elsewhere (this the bulk of clinics that use umbilical, placental
or amniotic products).  To maximize efficacy and reduce the risk of
rejection, viral infections (known and unknown) and giving else’s
genetic material, your provider had better use your own stem cells
within hours following extraction.  Autologous stem cells have been
proven to help your body heal itself!

  • Are all procedures performed on-site? And in the United
    States?

As important as ensuring that you get to use your own cells is
the fact that they are taken and returned to you within the same
facility.  Many clinics outsource their extraction procedures,
which is not the recommended form. Not only does it add a level of
inconvenience to the patient/taking longer, but also the quality
control standards are not within the clinic’s direct supervision.
 Even a great doctor cannot adequately compensate for badly handled
or contaminated stem cell samples.  Having an onsite lab with staff
under the direct supervision of your chosen doctor is the key to
ensuring a successful round of stem cell therapy.

  • Can I receive Stem Cell Therapy on the Gulf Coast?

Why yes you can!  The skilled and experienced team at Gulf Coast
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center harvests adipose-derived
stem cells as SVF (Stromal Vascular Fraction) from your own fat and
rapidly reintroduces them, with minimal processing, through a safe
deployment process. SVF is an abundant and reliable source of stem
cells. Before deployment, they pass through a 100-micron filter to
ensure on particles or clumps get into the body.

It is very important for us that you feel comfortable and that
you come to trust the expertise of your clinical team, and that you
have confidence in their ability to address your condition and
expectations.  However, you should never be discouraged from asking
questions and seeking clarity as you gather information.  Beware of
practitioners who promise “miracle cures†or cannot adequately
answer your questions.  Be wary of anyone who promises the moon but
can’t tell you how they plan to get there, or makes you feel like
addressing your questions is below them.  Once you have
familiarized yourself with the basic facts about the field of
regenerative medicine, as outlined in our previous blogs, and have
asked the pertinent questions, you are ready to make an informed
decision about future stem cell therapy options.  Take the time to
make a well thought out and thoroughly-researched choice, and you
won’t be sorry.  Good luck and good healing from the Gulf Coast
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Call (886)885-4823 or visit our website to find out
more.


Download: Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center
– 5 Questions to Ask Before Stem Cell Therapy

The post
5 Questions to Ask Before Stem Cell Therapy
appeared first on
Gulf
Coast Stem Cell Therapy Center
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