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3 Questions to Ask a Stem Cell Doctor

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In addition to treating many cancers and diseases of the blood and aiding in the generation of reparative tissue grafts, stem cell therapy offers exciting possibilities for the treatment of several painful and/or chronic conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and degenerative disease and injuries of the back, soft tissues and joints. And while using stem cells to treat these types of disorders is a relatively new option for many patients, it’s not a treatment that hasn’t undergone a host of experimental research. 

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Indeed, countless studies show the potential that stem cells can offer to people suffering from many types of aging, injury and/or disease issues. This doesn’t mean that patients shouldn’t seek to understand all the possible outcomes, the risks and the limitations of stem cell therapy; your health is too important to not do your own investigative analysis. In order to ensure that stem cell therapy has the capacity to treat your own unique condition, you need to ask the right questions. Here are three important questions to ask a stem cell doctor before deciding whether or not it’s the right option for you:

What are Your Credentials?

Of course, you should look for the most experienced doctor when seeking stem cell therapy. Practice usually improves performance and in medicine, it’s no different. Look for stem cell clinics with physicians specifically trained in stem cell therapy, who have many hours of experience administering stem cell injections.

 

From Which Area of the Body Do You Harvest Stem Cells?

There are many different kinds of stem cells, and specific ones work better for some treatments than others. For orthopedic and ED issues, some of the stems cells with the best potential for regenerative effect reside in adipose (fat) and bone marrow tissues. Using various aspiration techniques, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells are usually taken from the lower abdomen and mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cells are taken from the iliac crest of the patient. Be wary of clinics using only one source for their stem cells! Taking stem cells from multiple sources compounds the benefits of stem cell therapy and serves as the best source for treating orthopedic and ED issues.

In some cases, blood is also harvested through a peripheral vein and used to gather platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which contains platelet-derived growth factors and is useful for stimulating bone renewal and repair.

 

How Do You Verify Stem Cell Placement and Dose?

In stem cell therapy, it’s paramount that doctors know where to get and where to place the stem cells needed for treatment. They can only guarantee correct placement if they use live x-ray (fluoroscopic) or ultrasound guidance when harvesting from and placing the stem cells into affected areas. Using some form of imaging is the only way to ensure that stem cells (not just blood) are not only extracted, but that they reach their intended target and have a chance to effectuate improvement when reapplied to the body.

In addition, an experienced provider will carefully prepare the stem cell injection before administering it to a patient. This includes verifying the number of live cells in the aspirate, as well as the type(s) of anesthetics and medications used during and after the procedure. Many local anesthetics destroy stem cells on contact, and several medications have the same effect. For instance, steroid shots can reduce inflammation and, therefore, reduce pain, but they also impede the body’s natural immune response, making it harder for mesenchymal stem cells to regenerate as they usually do. Injecting stem cells into an area that has had steroid treatment within the previous three months could lead to ineffective results.

 

The ThriveMD Difference

These are just three initial questions to ask a stem cell doctor before deciding on the provider and treatment that’s right for you. Some other points to cover include:

  • Do you have data to support your treatment plan(s)?
  • What kind of benefits could patients expect?
  • What does a typical recovery look like?
  • How much does stem cell therapy cost?

Of course, picking the exact questions to ask a stem cell doctor will depend on your own unique health needs and the resources you and your doctor possess to address them. Our team here at ThriveMD has extensive clinical experience, and we carefully review all of our patients’ records so that we can address any type of query or concern. Please contact us with your own list of questions to see if stem cell therapy might be a viable option for you or a loved one.

 

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Linda Gerrans
Linda Gerrans
19:37 14 Dec 17
When I was told by an orthopedic doctor I needed double knee replacement I chose stem cell therapy instead. Stem cell therapy has helped me get through my days without the pain I was experiencing and enjoy the activities I was unable to because of the pain.
John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones
00:27 19 Feb 16
Dr. Brandt and his entire staff are amazing! Early in the ski season I had a partial tear in my ACL and thought I would be out until the next year for sure. However after consulting with Thrive MD they informed me that I was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. I went through the procedure and went from barely being able to walk with crutches to walking comfortably and normally within three weeks! I was back at work quickly and just got back on the mountain recently. My knee feels very solid and I have ZERO issues with it. Thank you Thrive MD for saving my ski season!
Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
02:10 09 Dec 15
I am so happy to have found Thrive this past summer. After being told by 3 Dr's that I need a knee replacement I was feeling very discouraged. 2 1/2 years ago I had a very bad skiing accident and destroyed my tibial plateau. After surgery and physical therapy I was no where near where I wanted to be functioning physically. I couldn't hike, ski, or basically do anything active without constant pain. I went to Thrive and got my hormones balanced, got my energy level back up to where I like it to be and had several stem cell treatments on my knee. It was not an instant fix, but over the past 6 months it has continually started to feel better. I just skied 3 hard days in a row in Beaver Creek, with no swelling and very little pain! I am back to functioning at about 80% of my capacity. I'm thrilled with the progress and hope to continue to improve as I continue to be active this winter. I am so happy not to have a knee replacement and to be able to keep my own knee. Thank you Dr. Brandt.
Sylvia Baldwin
Sylvia Baldwin
00:00 26 Apr 15
Dr. Brandt is the best! I've been seeing him altogether for around 15 years now for corticosteroid injections for pain and would never want to see anyone else. He is very skilled with the needle and getting the injections done in exactly the right places. In addition, I've found Dr. Brandt to be a very concerned and caring individual; he's a great listener who clearly gives a lot of thought to what the best approach is going to be in dealing with the situation the patient describes. I've found that he always takes as much time as necessary to assess the situation; dealing with Dr. Brandt is such an entirely different experience than virtually every other meeting I've had with various surgeons and other M.D.'s. His staff is also very friendly, helpful and kind--as I said, he's the best...and well worth the drive to Edwards!
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