Stem cell therapy cost

Louis A. Cona M.D.

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.

Type of treatment

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:

  1. The type of stem cells administered
  2. Where the treatment is being performed
  3. If the cells have been culturally expanded
  4. If the cells are ethically sourced, viable & regulated
  5. Where the laboratory is located (for cell expansion)

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.

Stem cell therapy cost
Stem cells under a microscope.

The type of stem cells being administered

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:

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections
  2. Birth tissues (umbilical cord blood or amniotic fluid)
  3. Adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow
  4. Allogenic culture-expanded stem cell procedure (umbilical cord tissue)

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 range from $4000 - $8000 in the United States. While 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. This is what makes expanded cord tissue-derived stem cells so revolutionary.

Allogenic stem cell therapy consists of cord tissue, or “Wharton’s Jelly”. Umbilical cord tissue has some of the most powerful, primal mesenchymal stem cells that can be found because stem cells at the point of birth are at the peak of their potency. However the administration of culturally expanded cells in the United States in illegal according to FDA sections 351 and 361. This means that clinics located within the United States cannot legally administer expanded cells. These types of treatments must be done internationally. Stem cell therapy cost for culturally expanded cells ranges from USD 15,000 - USD 30,000. 

Stem cell therapy cost, worldwide.

Does stem cell therapy cost vary in different countries?

Yes it does, and that is highly dependant 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. The two companies must operate under strict guidelines set forth by the FDA to regulate the safety and efficacy of the cells. These regulations can increase the cost of treatment but it will ensure patient safety.

Who is performing the procedure?

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.

  1. Nurse Practitioners & Physicians Assistants
  2. Physician Specialists (or a Medical Director)

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 Nurse Practitioner (NP). Dr. Cona has over 10 years of experience in treating patients with stem cell therapy.

Are the cells ethically sourced, viable and regulated?

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 cultured cheaper. 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 reason, 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 sources their tissue from the AATB.

So, how much does stem cell therapy cost?

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 and if they are viable, is the clinic/lab regulated and if so ask for a detailed explanation. When considering a potentially life-changing treatment prospective patients should never jump the gun and try to find the cheapest option, you know what they say... if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.


Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid


2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.


Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."


5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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