Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you will find the answers to many commonly asked questions regarding stem cell sources, collection, implantation and other general questions regarding stem cell therapy.

Which kinds of stem cells are used in Stem Cell treatments?

The primary cells types leveraged for stem cell therapy are:

  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells – ideally suited for treating systemic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. They also play a significant role in regenerating injured tissue.

Where do these stem cells come from?

Stem Cells derived from:

  • Human Umbilical Cord Tissue – a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

Because we have all of these stem cells sources at our disposal, including the ability to expand cells into larger numbers when indicated, we can select optimal stem cell sources for each disease and, if necessary, each individual we treat.

How do stem cells work?

Essentially, stem cells are progenitor cells which are capable of regeneration and differentiation into a wide range of specialized cell types. Once injected, stem cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas.

How are the HUCT Stem Cells collected?

  • Umbilical cord tissue collection – We receive cord donations from healthy women donors. Our donors sign a consent form, fill out a detailed questionnaire, and give a blood sample. The mothers’ blood and the cord blood undergo extensive testing for HIV, STD’s, hepatitis, etc.

Are umbilical cord tissue cells safe?

The body’s immune system is unable to recognize umbilical tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells as foreign and therefore they are not rejected. We’ve treated more than 1,000 patients with HUCT stem cells and there has never been a single instance rejection (graft vs. host disease).

What is the treatment protocol for my disease/disorder and how long does it take?

Treatment protocols vary by disease. Each patient’s physical condition and other medical factors also play roles. Most protocols last for 1-4 weeks and consist of 3-6 sessions. Typical treatment protocols can be viewed on these pages:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Heart Failure
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Autoimmune Diseases

Will I be prescribed any drugs?

The doctors will not prescribe any medication as a part of your treatment. However, they do advise a circulating stem cell enhancing supplement regime following treatment.

Does smoking or drinking affect the therapy?

Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking can both be detrimental to new progenitor stem cells. It is highly advisable that people do not smoke or drink during their treatment.

How long will it take to see results?

Each treatment and patient is unique, and there is no guarantee of what results will be seen or how quickly they may be observed. Some patients have commented on changes during the course of their treatment, others have experienced improvement within 2-6 months.

Are there any side effects?

Generally speaking, aside from the initial pain at the injection site, the patient will not experience any discomfort. Less than 10% of (mostly lumbar puncture) patients have developed a minor fever, headache, nausea or vomiting. However , these side effects have never lasted than three days and usually resolve within 24 hours. No long term negative side effects have been reported.

How much does this treatment cost?

Treatment cost depends on the type of treatment required and will be discussed with you following patient application and diagnosis. The cost of treatment includes the treatment itself.

Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?

Insurance companies do not cover adult stem cell therapy.

How long will it take to get an appointment?

Once our medical team has received the medical application and all other requested medical records, it usually takes about 5 working days to review everything. As soon as the review is complete, we’ll contact you to discuss available treatment options.

Once approved, a patient is scheduled for the earliest available appointment that is convenient for him or her. This entire process usually takes 2 to 3 weeks from initial contact to appointment scheduling.