What is the Price of Stem Cell Therapy?
In patients who have exhausted all conservative treatment options for arthritis, Dr. Verma may recommend stem cell therapy to promote healing and symptom reduction of the injured soft tissue or bone. Stem cell therapy with Dr. Verma is $3,000. Since stem cell injections are still considered experimental, insurance does not cover the procedure. All procedures require cash payment.
What to Know About Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis
Dr. Verma begins stem cell therapy for arthritis by extracting a sample of the patient’s bone marrow, generally from the hip region. The bone marrow sample is then spun in a special machine known as a centrifuge to separate the white blood cells, platelets and adult stem cells from the red blood cells. The three healing agents are then combined and injected directly into the patient’s damaged joint to promote regeneration of articular cartilage.
Stem cell therapy for arthritis uses a patient’s own “pluripotent” adult stem cells in place of the controversial embryonic or fetal stem cells. A patient’s own stem cells can replicate the healing benefits of embryonic stem cells without ethical concerns. Stem cell therapy provides a non-invasive treatment option for patients suffering from various forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, in an attempt to modulate the symptoms of early or moderate osteoarthritis and potentially prolong the need of joint replacement surgery.
Have a question about biologic treatment? Dr. Verma answers frequently asked questions.
To learn more about stem cells and how they are utilized in stem cell therapy for arthritis, please contact Dr. Nikhil Verma, elbow specialist and shoulder surgeon in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities.