FAQs


Q: Where do stem cells come from?
These are not embryonic stem cells. The controversial use of embryonic stem cells has fallen on the way side and in the favor of the accessible cells found within the patient’s own body. Pennsylvania Stem Cell Centers do not work with embryonic stem cells in our practice.
Pennsylvania Stem Cell Centers use only non-embryonic adult stem cells for all procedures, derived from an individual’s own body fat.

Q: What are the risks?
Just like any other medical treatment, stem cell therapy comes with its fair share of risks. The biggest risk is infection, as treating an area such as the rotator cuff involves using a small concentration of Adipose or fat tissue. Occasionally, infection can occur, but the risk for this is quickly reduced as your body produces more white blood cells.

Q: What can I expect after the procedure?
After a brief period of recovery from the anesthesia, you can go home, returning to your pre-procedure activity levels. A personal plan will be devised for your after-care and may include recommendations for physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy or acupuncture to encourage the growth of your stem cells throughout your recovery process.
Since this is the patient’s own DNA, there is minimal chance of rejection of the stem cells. Most patients should expect to walk out of the clinic and resume low-impact activities immediately. Stem cell therapy is a fairly quick procedure with minimal discomfort. The affected area may be a bit tender, and in some cases there may be some bruising.

Q: When can I resume physical activity?
The most important part of any stem cell therapy is adhering to your post-procedure restrictions, which will be covered before your procedure. For the procedure to have the best chance to yield lasting benefit, our physicians strongly recommend:

  • Refrain from anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest for the first 24–48 hours but do not lie sedentary
  • For weeks 3–4, cardio is allowed
  • After four weeks, weightlifting and running are permitted

Q: Can I Get Stem Cell Therapy in Place of Knee Replacement Surgery?
Stem Cell treatments are replacing traditional orthopaedic surgeries in many cases. Once a trained medical doctor determines you are a viable candidate for treatment, it is quite simple. One injection into the area is typically all that is needed. No anesthesia is used, so the risk associated with anesthesia is completely eliminated. There is no down time, and no repeat visits to the doctor or hospital.

For hardcore 30-year-old athletes to baby boomers, achy and worn out joints can literally be a pain.

For decades, the standard treatment for debilitating pain has been replacement surgery. In the search for alternatives, scientists have found mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may be the answer.

Patients coping with arthritis, sports injuries, tendon strains, sprained ligaments, muscle injuries and more, will be comforted to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing as well as improved functionality both are possible with innovative, cutting- edge adult stem cell therapies.

Q: Are the costs of stem cell treatments covered by insurance?
No. Your insurance will not cover stem cell therapy and is not covered by Medicaid and Medicare. However, please ask your specialist about Credit Care Financing.