Louis A. Cona M.D.
Jan 17, 2020
How much does stem cell therapy cost? With hundreds of clinics offering stem cell therapy it can be a bit confusing to decode stem cell treatment cost.
We will focus on stem cell therapy cost for systemic procedures for autoimmune conditions and chronic inflammation. Before that one must understand the many different types of treatment. Stem cell therapy cost can be influenced by:
It is also important to note that the cost of stem cell therapy will vary depending on the type of treatment needed. Stem cell therapy cost for knees may differ from stem cell therapy cost for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The area and issue being treated should generally influence the cost of the associated treatment because different cell types, cell counts and treatment protocols will be needed. For example, an effective stem cell therapy cost for MS will be much different than the cost of a site injection for localized pain.
The type of stem cells being administered plays a huge role in stem cell therapy costs. There are a few different types of cells, these can be mainly broken down into a few categories:
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is typically administered via site injections directly into the affected area. This can be performed on the same day and requires no cell expansion, the same is true for umbilical cord blood. Adipose (fat) stem cell procedures can also be performed the same day because they do not require cell expansion. Adipose (fat) and bone marrow stem cell treatments can be quite invasive because they require the cells to be extracted from the patient, which requires surgery. These treatments can range from $4000 - $8,000 in the United States. Adipose (fat) and Bone Marrow stem cell treatments can be effective for certain orthopedic conditions, but studies have shown that they are not a viable treatment option for chronic widespread inflammation or autoimmune conditions due to a variety of factors including lower cell count and potency. This is what makes expanded cord tissue-derived stem cells so revolutionary.
Allogenic stem cell therapy consists of cells extracted from cord tissue, or “Wharton’s Jelly”.Umbilical cord tissue can have some of the most powerful, primal mesenchymal stem cells that can be found. Studies have shown that stem cells, at the point of birth are at their peak of potency, unaffected by the aging process or disease. However the administration of culturally expanded cells in the United States is largely not authorized according to FDA sections 351 and 361. Stem cell therapy cost for culturally expanded cells ranges from USD 15,000 - USD 30,000.
Yes it does, and that is highly dependent on the lab where the cells are acquired from, the total count of stem cells administered and the regulations the governing body places on the clinic. For example, stem cell therapy cost in Mexico will differ from stem cell therapy costs in Panama and Grand Cayman. For example, DVC Stem in Grand Cayman uses culturally expanded cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells sourced from their partner lab Vitro Biopharma in the USA. This means that DVC Stem uses cells that are highly regulated by both the US and Cayman Islands governments. This can include but is not limited to, maintaining certifications, complying with regular government inspections, and having independently reviewed treatment protocols. These restrictions can raise the production and administration cost of treatment to the patient, but also ensures patient safety and the quality standards of the cell product.
Stem cell therapy cost is linked to whoever performs the treatment. There are a few different types of medical providers that may have the ability to inject the cells.
Unfortunately, there is not always a positive correlation when it comes to comparing stem cell therapy cost with the level of training. When looking for a reputable clinic it is important to make sure that the treatment will be performed by a specialized physician. For example, DVC Stem was founded by Dr. Louis A. Cona, he is the Medical Director of the facility and performs every single treatment with the help of a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Cona has over 15 years of experience in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
Stem cell therapy cost can also be associated with the quality of the cells being administered. How the cells are sourced can play a key role in stem cell therapy cost. For example regulations in Mexico and South America are much more lenient than those in the United States, allowing for cells to be acquired at a cheaper cost. However, there is a tradeoff, with less regulation it becomes tough to ensure the safety and viability of the cells. The American Association of Tissue Banks was created for this exact purpose. To regulate donated tissues and heavily screen them for infection and disease. DVC Stem uses umbilical cord tissue-derived cells from their partner lab Vitro Biopharma, who only sources their tissue from AATB certified suppliers of full term, human cord tissue.
In conclusion, Stem cell therapy cost can range anywhere between $5000 - $50,000 depending on the factors stated above. Patients must do their research and ask as many questions as they can before financially committing to treatment. Make sure to know how many cells you are getting, where those cells come from, if they are viable, is the clinic/lab is regulated, and ask for as detailed info to be provided as possible. When considering a potentially life-changing treatment, prospective patients should be weighing these other important factors, in addition to cost, when determining the best location for experimental procedures.
About the author
Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.
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