What is the Price of Stem Cell Therapy?
In patients who have exhausted all conservative treatment options for a rotator cuff tear, 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 are $3,000. Since stem cell therapy is still considered experimental, insurance does not cover the procedure. All procedures require cash payment.
How Does Dr. Verma Perform Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears?
Adult stem cells, also known as autologous stem cells, are recognized in the medical field as having a natural ability to help the body with both healing and regeneration. Adult stem cells are extracted from a patient’s own body, typically from the iliac pelvic bone found in the hip. By utilizing a patient’s own stem cells, the risk of disease transmission, tissue rejection and infection is eliminated. Patients also eliminate the ethical concerns associated with the controversial embryonic or fetal stem cell treatments.
Stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears requires Dr. Verma to harvest a sample of a patient’s bone marrow, usually from the hip region. The bone marrow sample is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the “pluripotent” adult stem cells, platelets and white blood cells from the red blood cells. The combination of the three healing agents is then injected directly into the damaged rotator cuff to promote tissue healing and regeneration. Alternatively, allograft (donor) cells harvested from otherwise discarded placental tissue may be used as an in office procedure.
Have a question about biologic treatment? Dr. Verma answers frequently asked questions.
For additional resources on stem cell rotator cuff repair, or to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears, please contact Dr. Nikhil Verma, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area.