What Happens Before Injection?
Before the injection procedure, the patient must first come for a consultation visit, during which the stem cell therapy is planned and treatment options are discussed with the patient. A blood sample may also be obtained during this initial visit for compatibility and infectious screening purposes, all though it is not strictly necessary for autologous injections.
When the patient comes in for the stem cell therapy, the procedure consists of two parts; extraction and injection. The extraction of stem cells requires bone marrow aspiration, conducted in-house. The procedure can be painful, and rest is necessary to ensure the process goes by smoothly. Once the bone marrow aspirate is obtained, it is processed in our GMP-compliant laboratory according to FDA standards of minimal manipulation; the bone marrow aspirate is centrifuged to extract the stem cells that constitute the injection.
What Happens During Injection?
Injection of stem cells into a desired location is done by professionals – having the stem cells placed in a bloodstream near the location is nuanced job. The process requires precision to ensure the stem cells are concentrated in the necessary tissue to ensure revival. Local anaesthetics may be used, and there is only one injection conducted.
What Happens After Injection?
After injection, the patient will be monitored for any immediate effects, and then they are free to go. It is advised to not take any anti-inflammatory medications after the injection as well, and though it is uncommon, pain at the injection site may be present. Sharp pain should be counteracted with ice, while deeper pain should be treated with the application of heat.
Of course, the bone marrow aspiration procedure can have more lasting effects painwise, and we at Altogen Labs are working on our homologous injection therapy to eliminate the procedure entirely. Antiseptics should be used to prevent infections at the incision site, and further pain medication may be necessary.
Any longer term side effects should be monitored and discussed with a medical professional, but overall, the benefit from the stem cell injection will be gradual. Clinical studies investigating stem cell treatments usually note that the main benefit from stem cells is present around a year after the initial injection. Patience will be important, but safety is of paramount concern – patients should have regular checkups, and confirm that progress in treatment is being made.
In the case that a patient develops a problematic condition, they should reference the stem cell therapy when consulting with their physician; although the stem cell therapy is highly unlikely to result in any negative consequences, it can affect what treatments will be effective in the patient.
Usually patients will experience gradual relief from their damaging condition, but it is always important to be cautious in daily life. A stem cell injection is not a cure to all diseases, and it does not necessarily protect a patient from infections or other external factors. After all, stem cell therapy aims to help the body repair itself, and not to give it new capabilities. This repair process is beneficial, bringing about long-awaited relief from impairing conditions.