The safety of any medical procedure relies on a combination of factors: the efficacy of the research supporting it, the experience of the physician(s) and medical staff involved, the overall health of the patient, the cleanliness of instruments and space used and more. Some even believe the time of day it is performed can affect a procedure’s outcome! That’s why it’s important— whether facing an invasive surgery or a routine skin check — that patients and doctors alike communicate, discussing honestly and exhaustively the pros and cons of treatment so that the best solution is ultimately selected. It can be an intimidating process, especially if a procedure is unfamiliar or confusing, like stem cell therapy is for many patients who have often only heard the term in relation to “cancer” and “donors” and “rejection.” Here’s what you need to know about the safety of using stem cell therapy to treat acute sports injuries, chronic joint, soft tissue and disc degeneration and pain:
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First and Foremost, Stem Cell Therapy is Safe
The short answer to “Is stem cell therapy safe?” is “Yes!” Here at ThriveMD, we make use of autologous stem cell therapy; we harvest adult stem cells from a patient’s own fat and bone marrow reserves. This is the safest type of stem cell therapy because:
It is Minimally-Invasive
Patients receiving stem cell therapy to treat acute or chronic joint, soft tissue and disc issues come to our office, not a hospital. The procedure is an outpatient one, necessitating only light sedation to relax the patient and/or a local anesthetic to dull any pain associated with the needle placements. Because no general anesthesia is used, the risks associated with prolonged sedation are negated. In addition, our offices and equipment are kept in pristine condition with much attention given to sterility and comfort.
Research Says It’s Safe
Evidence of peer-reviewed literature shows that stem cells are safe and effective tools. Not only is there research (like this) that confirms the ability of stem cells to generate new tissue, there is also research (like this) that verifies their safety when administered autologously to patients.
Our Staff at ThriveMD is Highly-Qualified
Our medical director, Dr. Scott Brandt, has over 20 years experience and is considered one of the nation’s top stem cell therapy doctors. He remains actively involved in research, publication and product development and continues to present his findings at workshops and events across the country. He and the rest of our staff are committed to staying abreast of new technologies while focusing on the safety of our patients and the success of our outcomes.
There is No Risk of Rejection
All the biologics used in an autologous stem cell procedure come from the patient’s own body. Therefore, there is no risk of rejection. This greatly improves the chances that the stem cells will work as needed in the body and that the treatment will be a success.
Ready to Learn More?
If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy and how it is safely used to treat a variety of conditions, please contact our office. We carefully review all our patients’ histories and take the time to address all their concerns. Not only do we believe that stem cell therapy is safe, we believe that it is an effective way for many patients to avoid surgery, relieve pain and improve their quality of life!