Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

Table of Contents

  • What is arthritis?
  • What causes arthritis?
  • Arthritis symptoms
  • Arthritis treatment
  • Stem cell therapy in Mexico
  • Stem cell therapy cost

 

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (1)

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. (2)

What causes arthritis?

The most common causes of arthritis are:

  • Natural wear and tear of a joint from overuse through time
  • Age (osteoarthritis is most common in adults over 50 years old)
  • Injuries
  • Obesity (stress in joints)
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Genes or family historiy
  • Muscle weakness (lack of strength increase pressure on joints)

Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Treatment

Currently, there is no known cure for arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Several treatment options vary in function of the types of arthritis, including physical therapy, exercise and diet, as well as medications. Joint replacement surgeries are sometimes preferred by people; however, the recovery of joint replacement surgery is usually long and painful, due to it being an invasive procedure.

Stem cell therapy for arthritis is a none-invasive procedure, which is applied through local applications in the afflicted joints, such as:

  • Shoulder pain treatment
  • Ankle pain treatment
  • Wrist pain treatment
  • Hand pain treatment
  • Hip pain treatment
  • Knee pain treatment

How Does Stem Cell Therapy for Joints, Shoulders, and Knees Work?

Now the adult body can run out of stem cells to repair itself, due to aging, degenerative diseases or both. In Arthritis, the deterioration can exhaust the usage of stem cells to regenerate cartilage tissue leaving the body unprotected for more damage and pain. 

Stem cell therapy can be applied:

  • Intravenous (IV): Stem cells are injected into the bloodstream with mannitol to expand blood volumes in the central nervous system to ensure they reach the affected area.
  • Intrathecal Administration: Through this procedure, stem cells are infused into the cerebrospinal fluid through the subarachnoid spaces of the spinal canal.
  • Locally: Stem Cells are surgically delivered in the affected area by endoscopy or guided by fluoroscopy.

Stem cell therapy is not for everybody, sometimes the health deterioration can be so bad that although stem cells can have an improvement it’s not according to the expectations of the patient.

Stem cell therapy in Mexico

Is stem cell therapy safe and legal in Mexico?

An important question our patients ask before coming to our clinics is: Is stem cell therapy safe? We also understand that, perhaps, the real question is: Is stem cell therapy legal in Mexico? Yes and of course! In Giostar Mexico, we ask for each applicant to submit a health history form, from which our medical directors personally evaluate the viability of each applicant. This means that stem cell therapy may not be for everyone. Important: we currently do not treat macular degeneration and patients with cancer.

Stem cell therapy is thoroughly regulated by the Mexican FDA-equivalent: COFEPRIS. Due to advanced legislation, Mexico enjoys sufficient regulatory framework to offer applications otherwise unavailable in countries such as the US or Canada, for example: local direct applications (hands for arthritis, shoulder pain, knee pain), lumbar and cervical applications, all which have proven better results for patients, than just receiving stem cell therapy intravenously.

Giostar Mexico's COFEPRIS operational licenses per facility

* LOS ALGODONES CLINIC *

COFEPRIS Official License: Progenitor or Stem Cell Bank
Folio: 18-TR-02-02-0001
COFEPRIS Official License: Provision of Progenitor or Stem Cells (transplant)
Folio: 14-TR-02-002-0008

* PLAYA DEL CARMEN CLINIC *

COFEPRIS Official License: Progenitor or Stem Cell Bank
Folio: 19-TR-23-008-0002
COFEPRIS Official License: Provision of Progenitor or Stem Cells (transplant)
Folio: 19-TR-23-008-0001

 Stem cell therapy cost

Stem cell therapy cost for arthritis, in Giostar Mexico, ranges from $5,000.00 USD to $20,000.00 USD, in function of each patient's condition. Pricing highly depends on the preferred clinic location the patient chooses. What does this include?

  • Transportation from hotel-clinic, clinic-hotel and airport-hotel as well as hotel-airport (mainly for our Clinics in Playa del Carmen and Guadalajara; our Clinic in Los Algodones, due to its proximity to the US-Mexico border crossing, we pick up patients on the border and take them to our clinic or their hotel)
  • Lodging (available in our Clinic in Algodones)
  • Hyperbaric chamber (Los Algodones Clinic) or oxygen therapy (Playa del Carmen and Guadalajara)
  • Body preparation – Nutritional IV Therapy
  • 3 vials (between 110 – 120 million stem cells)
  • Laboratory protocol by Dr. Anand (“programming” of the stem cells in order to direct them towards the affected tissue or organ)
  • Medical Consultation
  • Dietitian Follow up post-therapy
  • Preferential prices for future reinforcements/applications
  • Laboratory exams the previous day before the first application

 

Financial Option for Stem Cell Therapy

Giostar Mexico is continuously looking to provide our patients with resources and options to receive stem cell therapy at the best stem cell clinics in Mexico. We are happy to announce that, through United Medical Credit, our patients (exclusive for US citizens) may now receive up to $25,000.00 USD in credit for their treatment (note: price for therapy varies depending on the condition to be treated and a number of stem cells [vials] included). Patients can ask for the maximum amount of the credit or ask for a percentage based on the price of the therapy.

Stem cell therapy is a procedure in the regenerative medicine field. Regenerative medicine's ultimate goal is that our body regenerates itself. What stem cell therapy does in your body is slowing down or stopping the suffered deterioration and it can even regenerate tissue. That is why we ask patients to fill out a health form, so our medical staff may first identify if stem cell therapy is actually an option for them and the medical team knows the specifics of your health condition.

If you have arthritis and want to find out if you're a candidate for stem cell therapy, you can fill out this contact form and we will give you a call or email you as soon as possible! Or contact us directly on our US landline at 619-866-6000.

 

References

1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350772

2) https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis