How much does stem cell therapy cost?
The most important part of understanding the cost of stem cell therapy is understanding that you need to go to a competent, well-trained physician who recognizes the pathology you’re trying to treat.
The physician administering stem cells needs to be a medical doctor (MD or DO), because stem cell therapy is essentially a biopharmaceutical. The only regenerative tissue matrix sources with stem cells for homologous use in joints, come from FDA registered cord labs or from a bone marrow aspiration procedure. It is important to do your research to ensure that you choose is a credible physician.
The other part of understanding the cost of stem cell therapy is realizing that it is a specific mechanism of action. The cost of the stem cell therapy can vary anywhere between $500 and $15,000. If someone is performing stem cell therapy, you need to make sure you know what they are actually doing and what they’re treating you for. PRP (platelet-rich plasma), amniotic fluid, and other treatments do not have stem cells. There are no stem cells in PRP. The only regenerative tissue matrix sources with live stem cells for homologous use in joints, come from FDA registered cord matrix labs or from a bone marrow aspiration procedure. Adipose, or fat-derived cells, are also viable stem cells, but the FDA has said you should not use fat-derived stem cells in joints). So the $500 “stem cell” procedure your friend had done, probably had nothing to do with stem cells.
The cost of stem cell therapy can vary, but patients should be wary of who is providing the service and what substances are being used. Stem cell therapy is a very misused, general term. If you are considering stem cell therapy, ask the question, “What exactly are they putting in me?” Be sure that you fully understand who the “doctor is and what procedure is actually being done, before paying anything for it.