What to Expect During and After Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy might be one of those terms that’s shrouded in mystery for you, but let’s make it clear: this cutting-edge therapy might be exactly what you need to help heal injured or diseased parts of your body and reduce pain. In this blog, Todd Koppel, MD, of Garden State Pain Management, explains what stem cell therapy is and how you may be able to benefit from it.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a noninvasive way to treat a wide range of degenerative conditions and injuries in your body. The noninvasive treatment uses your body’s own stem cells to speed up the healing process. Stem cells are your body’s raw building materials. They are the cells from which all other cells are generated.

Stem cells can be used for many purposes, but one main way that doctors use them is to generate more healthy cells to replace diseased and damaged tissues. This treatment can be used to help heal patients who suffer from spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, chronic back pain and more.

What happens during stem cell therapy?

Patients don’t have to do much to prepare for treatment other than avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatories for a couple of weeks before appointment. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.

First, you are given general anesthesia, so you will stay comfortable during your procedure. Then, using a needle, Dr. Koppel removes some stem cells, which are usually taken from one of your pelvic bones.

Finally, the stem cells are injected into the injured, diseased, or painful area.

What happens after treatment?

The purpose of stem cell therapy is to stimulate and amplify your body’s healing response. And, as your body heals, your pain should lessen or be eliminated. This should begin to happen immediately after your treatment. You should be able to return home after the anesthesia wears off. Once home, you should rest for a day or two and not put extra strain on the treated area for a couple of weeks. And you shouldn’t take any anti-inflammatories for at least two weeks after your procedure.

To see if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Garden State Pain Management today.

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