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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between stem cell therapy and PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated mixture of platelets and serum, which are rich in growth factors that help form blood clots during an injury. It is used to jump start the healing process. PRP therapy may help to attract some new stem cells to the area.

Stem cell therapy is more appropriate for injuries that might require surgery, such as a torn ligament or severe arthritis where there is loss of cartilage. Stem cells are like fresh, new cells that have the capability to regenerate whatever is missing, like muscle, bone, or cartilage. It is a type of regenerative medicine.

Is stem cell therapy dangerous?

No, stem cell therapy uses biological components that are easily accepted by the immune system when transplanted. Because we use placental stem cells, there is even less risk of complications. There are some patients who are not good candidates for stem cell treatments.

The biggest concern when considering stem cell therapy is the experience of the doctor. Dr. Meadows has been a pioneer of stem cell therapy in South Florida, making him one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons in the area to use stem cells.

Where do the stem cells come from?

Stem cells can come from many sources, such as bone marrow or adipose tissue. Human embryos were once a source for stem cells, but researchers have discovered better, less controversial sources. Placental stem cells, which are harvested from a woman’s placenta after giving birth (with her consent), are the source of stem cells Dr. Meadows uses.

How do I know if I am a candidate?

If you want to avoid surgery, it is a good idea to consider regenerative medicine; however, only you and your doctor can decide what is best for you. Dr. Meadows can perform a detailed examination of your injury or condition and review your medical history to determine which treatment is right for you.

How fast will I feel better after stem cell therapy?

Results can vary, but our experience is that most patients will have significant relief of pain around 1-2 months after the injection. Improvement generally continues for the first 3-6 months after the stem cell procedure. Some patients may not get any relief or improvement at all from this procedure (10-20% of patients).

Can I drive or fly after PRP or stem cell therapy?

If you are flying and you are not the pilot, you can fly the same day, but there may be short-lived discomfort after the procedure. If you are driving, you should have someone else drive in case there is some mild to moderate discomfort in the first few hours following the procedure and you aren’t comfortable enough to drive home.

Does insurance cover stem cell therapy?

Unfortunately, stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance carriers. It has not been approved by the FDA, although clinical trials are showing promising results. Regardless, many patients have had unbelievable results with stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions. Although you will have to pay out-of-pocket for the treatment, it will save you in the long run if you can avoid surgery and a more lengthy recovery.

If you have questions about the cost of stem cell therapy or billing questions, please feel free to call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622.

Does insurance cover PRP therapy?

PRP therapy is not currently covered by insurance, although it may be in the future, as more studies show the healing power of PRP injections. 

PRP therapy is much less expensive than surgery and there is no downtime, so you’ll be able to return to work right away. We accept cash, check, or credit card payments. If you have questions about PRP therapy costs or insurance coverage, please feel free to call South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach, Florida at (561) 496-6622.

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