1-What are autologous fat-derived Stem Cells?
Fat-derived Stem Cells are incredible cells with the power to divide, renew and differentiate into specialized cells like tendons, cartilage and bones
2-How is it done?
The surgeon aspirates around 50 gram of fat from abdominal fat around the umbilicus -called mini-liposuction (harvesting) then the sample goes to the lab for sterilization & expansion to the cells number required then the cells get implanted combined with plasma (PRP) into the affected area
3-DO WE NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE THE SPECIALIST?
No need for a referral but simply fill up the application form online and get your latest x-ray or MRI report to study it before the consult
4-WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE AND HOW DO WE MEASURE IT?
Around 80 % success rate and higher for the knees, we measure it by controlling symptoms, improving quality of life, slowing the progression of the disease and in some case cartilage or tendon re-grow is a bonus
5-ANY GUARANTEE WITH THE STEM CELL THERAPY?
No guarantee in the outcome as it depends on your body response but the medical service provided and the passion with care would be to the max
6-CAN AUTOLOGOUS STEM CELLS CAUSE CANCER OR GET REJECTED?
The is no evidence in the literature to suggest cancer development with autologous stem cells or rejection as they are the person’s own cells
7-CAN AUTOLOGOUS STEM CELLS IMPLANTATION CAUSES INFECTION?
Any injections can cause infection but it is a rare complication as we use a highly sterile technique
8-WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXPANDED STEM CELLS (OUR PROTOCOL ) COMPARED TO THE SAME DAY TREATMENT (called stromal vascular fraction "SVF")?
Expanded stem cells has larger number of purified cells with the use of latest technology in our protocol which can take up to 6 weeks of extensive lab work to reach the desired high number of purified stem cells
9-WHEN DO WE AVOID AUTOLOGOUS STEM CELLS THERAPY?
We avoid the stem cell therapy in active cancer patients and pregnancy
10-Can I travel or delay my injection for a few months after the stem cell harvesting while awaiting the cells to grow at the lab?
Yes, you just need to tell us what suits you to inform the lab about delaying processing your stem cells
11-HOW LONG CAN THE STEM CELLS BE STORED?
Up to 15 years or longer this will keep saved young cells and no need to repeat the fat harvest mini-liposuction surgery
12-HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR STORING THE CELLS ON YEARLY BASIS?
Storage of The cells is free for the 1st year starting from the day of the harvest then it is your choice to discard the cells or store for $350 (inclusive) per year
13-WHY EXPANDED STEM CELL THERAPY IS EXPENSIVE?
The expenses to cover the surgeon and specialist fees, extensive lab work for a few weeks, hospital and consumables costs using the latest technology and equipments
14-ARE BRACES and physio fees INCLUDED IN THE THERAPY?
Braces and physio fees are not included in the prices and paid directly to the provider
15-ANY REFUND IF IT DOES NOT WORK?
No refund but the job will be done to the best of our abilities
16-Do I have to sign an informed consent?
It is a must we discuss and sign the informed consent before any procedure. You are welcome to ask as many questions you want as it is encouraged to search and research and clarify all your queries
17-Why there is a debate about stem cell therapy?
The therapy is developing and in every new therapy there are some doubts but in many literatures stem cell therapy has been shown good positive outcome and no downsides to its use
18-DOES INSURANCE COMPANY COVER STEM CELL THERAPY COSTS?
Stem cell therapy in New Zealand is considered to be an experimental treatment therefore it is privately funded and not covered by ACC and most insurance companies
19-WHaT IS THE RECOVERY TIME & when can i return to work?
Depending on the area injected but average 4 weeks, saying that we believe the first 2 weeks is the most important period to care for the cells. You can return to work after 3 days from the injections but if you job is physical one then give it 2 weeks rest