Stem cell treatments sound promising, but will they help me?
Every case is different. You must speak to the medical team composed of general doctors and/or specialists so that they can study your particular case. We need to learn as much as possible about your medical history to make an informed decision. We always encourage patients to involve their specialists or primary care physicians in this decision making process. Stem cell therapy holds amazing potential, currently Clínica Santa Clarita uses stem cell therapy under and Ethics Committee approved clinical trial use to treat stroke, chronic heart failure, and acute myocardial infarction, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. To determine if you qualify for a clinical trial, CSC’s team of specialists will evaluate your condition and your current treatment. They will only treat patients whom they feel will truly benefit from the therapy. It is critical to make sure that expectations are where they should be. These treatments are not a magical cure at all; no such thing exists. We want you to be happy with what you receive and a critical part of our process is informed consent. With an informed consent, we tell you all about the good, the bad, and everything in between regarding the stem cell therapies. After you receive that document, please review it with your family, spouse, doctor, attorney, clergyman, or anyone else you see fit.
Is the procedure safe?
Yes, we definitely believe so. We are sticking our reputation on that. Dozens of studies around the world speak of their safety. Animal testing says so; FDA clinical trials speak of their safety. Hundreds of patients treated globally say “yes”. The cells undergo purity, safety, infection, body compatibility (HLA testing), virus, and dozens of other tests to ensure their safety and purity. Prior to treatment, as part of the inclusion criteria, patients are required to take several blood tests to ensure they are physically prepared to receive cell therapies. An allergy test is perform prior to the application, and to date, we have never had a reaction reported. The stem cells imported come from Stemedica, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego. They cells have been produced under a license from the California Food and Drug Branch and are delivered to each patient via intravenous infusion or intrathecal application with no known side effects.
How are these stem cells manufactured?
Stemedica, obtains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from human bone marrow. These cells are adept at maintaining and repairing tissue. Through a patented and proprietary process, Stemedica harvests the most viable cell colonies and manufactures them in a low-oxygen environment, ensuring the highest levels of quality and consistency. This process also produces cells that are able to migrate, engraft and provide more measurably effective results than other stem cells on the market.
Will this stem cell therapy cure me?
No. The goal of stem cell therapy is to empower the body to heal itself. Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life, the basic cells from which our bodies are made. They are formed at conception and specialized to become all of the different tissues of the body: muscles, nerves, organs, bones, blood and so on. In general terms, stem cells are progenitor cells that lead to the creation of new cells. Once administered, stem cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these injured areas.
How long will it take to see results?
Because each condition and each patient is unique, there is no guarantee what results will be achieved or how quickly they may be observed. Most patients report positive results in as little as a couple of weeks to 1-3 months, but it can take as long as 6-9 months. We recommend physical therapy, healthy nutrition, and a commitment by friends and family to support the patient’s desire to improve. Please continue to work closely with your referring physicians for post-therapy care.
How many stem cell treatments will I need?
After your first intravenous delivery, MSCs will continue to proliferate and carry on their work of repairing tissue. Some patients choose to receive treatment more than once to expedite the healing process. That decision is yours. If you decide to repeat the treatment, a waiting period of 6 months is recommended.
How much does the treatment cost? Does health insurance cover any portion of the cost?
There are multiple factors in determining the cost of treatment. Please contact us to have your case evaluated. Typically, private or public health insurance does not cover stem cell treatment.
Do you need my medical records?
Yes. Once you are approved for treatment, your patient coordinator will help you to obtain your records if you do not have a copy of them through a signed HIPAA forms. A Novastem medical specialist will go over them with you and also discuss any drug allergies you may have. Please inform us if you take blood thinners.
My friend says this procedure will not help me and may even hurt me. How do I respond?
It is only natural for close friends and family members to express concern when a patient pursues an innovative course of treatment. Remember, a great amount of people initially voiced doubts about previous groundbreaking diagnostic tools and therapies such as vaccinations, dialysis and even x- rays. The truth is that the scientific and medical communities have espoused the potential benefits in stem cells for decades for the treatment of a variety of human ailments. Novastem and Stemedica believe that MSC-based stem cell therapy is advanced enough to be offered as a viable and ethical option for individuals seeking solutions to life-altering ailments that have not responded to traditional treatment. Moreover, we routinely treat patients from multiple countries, including Canada, the U.S., England and Australia.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Please call Novastem Health Services toll free at 1(844) 668-2783. (From Mexico, please call 01800-845- 0039). A Novastem patient coordinator will then assist you through the whole process. Once we have received your detailed medical history, a physician will review the records, discuss treatment options with you and schedule the earliest available appointment. This process takes 1 to 3 weeks.
How do I Travel to the Clinic?
Clínica Santa Clarita is located just fifteen minutes away from [San Diego Lindbergh Field (SAN) and Tijuana International Airport (TIJ)] which can be reached from all over the globe through major Airline carriers. If you travel to San Diego, you may choose to stay in a hotel in San Diego, and we will arrange transportation from and to your hotel.
You will need one of the following documents to re-enter the U.S.:
U.S. Passport Card
Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
Trusted Traveler Program Card - NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST
U.S. citizens do not require a visa or a tourist card if staying 72 hours or less when visiting our clinic.
If you are visiting from any country other than the U.S., please visit the Mexican Immigration website for travel requirements.
Mexican law requires that any non-Mexican citizens under the age of 18 departing Mexico must carry notarized written permission from any parent or guardian not traveling with the child to or from Mexico, as well as proof of the parent/child relationship (usually a birth certificate or court document) – and an original custody decree, if applicable.
Contact the Mexican Embassy or the nearest Mexican consulate for current information.
What is the currency in Mexico?
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso. Money can easily be exchanged at currency houses and banks, however, U.S. dollars are readily accepted and credit cards can be utilized at most locations.
What if I need medical attention while in your care?
At Clínica Santa Clarita, skilled physicians and clinicians surround you. In addition, Novastem has close connections to several of the most esteemed medical institutions and emergency care facilities in Baja California. To alleviate any worry, we can help you arrange medical travel insurance to assure that you are fully protected during your very short stay with us, or should you need to return to your home country.