What is the Cost of Stem Cell Therapy?
In patients who have exhausted all conservative treatment options and are trying to delay a knee replacement, Dr. Verma may recommend a stem cell injection to promote healing and symptom reduction of the injured soft tissue or bone. Stem cell therapy with Dr. Verma costs $3,000. Since stem cell therapy is still considered experimental, insurance does not cover the procedure. All procedures require cash payment.
How Stem Cells are used as an Alternative to Knee Replacement
Adult stem cells, also known as autologous stem cells, have a natural ability to modulate inflammation and potentially stabilize or regenerate articular cartilage in arthritic joints. Stem cell therapy for knees offers a safe, effective and non-invasive alternative to knee replacement surgery in many patients suffering from arthritis. In using Autologous stem cell therapy, patients do not experience the ethical considerations associated with embryonic stem cells since adult stem cells are harvested directly from the patient’s own body.
Stem cell therapy for knees requires a bone marrow sample to be extracted from the patient, commonly from the hip region. After the bone marrow is extracted, the sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate a combination of adult stem cells, platelets and white blood cells from the red blood cells. The combination of agents is then injected into the damaged knee to decrease symptoms associated with damaged articular cartilage.
Have a question about biologic treatment? Dr. Verma answers frequently asked questions.
If you would like more information on non-invasive knee repair options, or would like to discuss stem cell therapy for knees as an alternative to knee replacement surgery, please contact the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois orthopedic office of knee specialist Dr. Nikhil Verma.