FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Regenerative Therapy utilises biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body to help heal disease and injury. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, safe same-day procedure. The Consultant will decide which line of Regenerative Therapy is most suited to your case.

The options are,

In some instances, it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients, however, the complete protocol is a series of injections in several treatment sessions. The choice of treatment is at the discretion of the Consultant and is based on your case.

The full treatment package is available only at Medica Stem Cells clinics in Ireland and includes Regenerative treatment and physiotherapy support. Personalised post-treatment care is also part of the package, including detailed post-treatment instruction manuals and orthotic assessment if required in your case.

The advantages of Regenerative treatment compared to surgery are:

  • No general anaesthetic – only local anaesthesia is used in Regenerative treatments.
  • Reduced downtime – much shorter recovery time compared to surgery.
  • Fewer risks involved – no risk of surgery complications such as reaction to general anaesthesia, shock, haemorrhage, cardiac arrest and others.
  • No wounds or scars as Regenerative treatment is injection-based.
  • 100% natural treatment, no risk of rejection as your own cells are used.

It is possible to treat more than one area in the same session. However, it would be at the advice of the doctor based on your unique case. Medica Stem Cells Clinics’ procedures offer a choice of treatment protocols most suitable to the patient to ensure the best possible outcome. The doctor considers many factors like your age, lifestyle, existing conditions, comorbidities and any other relevant factors.

You can call us from the UK on +44 (0) 20 8168 2000, Ireland on +353 (0) 1 298 8000 or UAE  +971 4 381 4700 to book a consultation or request a callback today to schedule an appointment with one of the clinics.

Autologous cells are cells that come from the same patient – your own body.

Allogeneic cells are donated cells like cord blood, amniotic membrane, placenta or dental pulp, and these come from a donor patient, not your own body.

At Medica Stem Cells Clinics, we only use autologous cells.

The cells for Regenerative treatments are harvested from your own body. Cells are obtained from adipose (fat) tissue in your abdominal region or thigh. And bone marrow aspirate is taken from your hip bone called Iliac crest. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is usually no more or less unpleasant than a visit to the dentist.

Regenerative therapy is an exciting new treatment approach to help people suffering from chronic pain conditions, and it has no age limit. Research has shown that older age does not adversely impact the outcome.

No, you do not need a GP referral or a GP referral letter. We have a team of orthopaedic consultants and surgeons, pain management experts, general practitioners (GP’s), chartered physiotherapists. All our doctors are trained and registered with IMC in Ireland and GMC registered in the UK. You can call the nearest clinic to book an appointment or submit a callback request or schedule a video appointment through our website.

No, each treatment session is a day procedure.

Regenerative Therapy utilises biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body to help heal disease and injury. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, safe same-day procedure. The Consultant will decide which line of Regenerative Therapy is most suited to your case.

The options are,

In some instances, it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients, however, the complete protocol is a series of injections in several treatment sessions. The choice of treatment is at the discretion of the Consultant and is based on your case.

Autologous cells are cells that come from the same patient.

Allogeneic cells are donated cells (cord blood, Amniotic Membrane, Placenta or Dental Pulp) and not from the patient themselves.

No, this is a day procedure. In some cases you may need to come in again to further sessions.

Different procedures are used depending on each individual case. A local anesthetic will be given to numb any pain. The treatments are the same day with a walk-in-walk out procedure and takes approximately 2 hours. The patient is fully awake during all procedures in our clinic.

The recovery time can vary depending on the condition we are trying to treat.

For joint treatments in particular recovery time varies according to the joint being treated. For knees and hips you will need to avoid prolonged standing and long walks for at least 2 weeks. After that, you can gradually increase your activity.Full instructions will be given on the day. You will probably be able to return to light work after two weeks, depending on the nature of your job.

Research has shown that older age does not adversely impact outcome.

You should not expect any noticeable results before 4 weeks from treatment particularly in joint interventions. The full effect of treatment will kick in action by 6 months. Variables like type of disease or condition, age, general health etc.. affect outcome and length of recovery.

Different procedures are used depending on each individual case. However, a local anaesthetic will be given to numb any pain. You will be fully awake during all procedures in our clinic.

The Regenerative therapy procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes up to two hours. No general anaesthesia is required, and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. After the procedure, patients typically return to work within a week or two and may resume physical activity much faster than after invasive surgery. Many patients report feeling marked improvement in their joint within one to three months.

For the procedure, PRP and cell concentrates are obtained from your body and prepared for injection. Once injected, cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and travel to the injured areas. These cells have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas from inducing the production of natural anti-inflammatories which can assist with Osteoarthritis pain and swelling in the joint area to kick-starting the healing in injuries and stimulating regeneration. The anti-inflammatory effect lasts from 2-3 months. From there, you can see continued gradual improvement as the cells help provide healing to the affected area. However, you should not expect to see the full effect of the treatment earlier than six months, especially in the case of joint interventions. Variables like the type of disease or condition, age, lifestyle, comorbidities, general health and other factors also affect the outcome and length of recovery.

The recovery time can vary depending on the condition that is being treated. However, following injections, it is advisable to take it easy for about two weeks and avoid long walks or standing for long periods, especially in case of knee or hip treatment. If you work in an office or as a driver, it is possible to return to work immediately. After the two weeks, you can gradually increase your activity. You will most likely be able to return to light work after two weeks, depending on the nature of your job. However, full instructions will be given on the day.

Regenerative therapy is an ortho biological treatment and needs some time for the cells to repair the damaged or injured cells in the affected areas. The time it takes to work is very individual for every patient. Most patients will experience reduced pain and improved mobility over time. Generally speaking, you could start to see noticeable improvement after 30 days. However, you should not expect to see the full effect of the treatment earlier than six months, especially in the case of joint interventions. Variables like the type of disease or condition, age, lifestyle, comorbidities, general health and other factors also affect the outcome and length of recovery.

The effects of Regenerative treatment may last many years. However, this is very individual and cannot be guaranteed as it would depend on your lifestyle, comorbidities, your general health, the condition being treated and the severity of it and other factors. As it is your own body doing all the healing and because it’s natural, it can be repeated with no difficulty if necessary, unlike surgery. 

Scientific research in Regenerative Medicine goes far beyond of few years, especially with knee treatments. Visit the research section on our website for more information.

There are a numorousstudies that have been published in Regenerative medicine demonstrating positive results from Regenerative treatments and advanced cell therapies.

Regenerative therapies have now been utilised in clinical practice to treat degenerative knees, hips and shoulders for years and are demonstrating excellent results. Patients see a marked reduction in pain as well as improvement in cartilage quality. A variety of well-founded clinical trials have been conducted on cell therapy for management and treatment of chronic pain. The trials concerning Regenerative therapies are widely published online (e.g. PubMed) and are readily available for all to access. The use of Regenerative treatments is proving to be both a safe and effective means of treating many conditions. These treatments allow the body to heal and regenerate in ways that were thought impossible before. Regenerative technology provides a natural alternative to the use of medication and surgeries, which may be more harmful and invasive.

Regenerative therapy procedures are quickly becoming a first-line treatment for chronic pain, degenerative joint disease, like arthritis or osteoarthritis, providing a minimally invasive option to avoid invasive surgical repair and other various conditions. There are numerous Medica Stem Cells patient testimonials on our website for your review.

Like any procedure, there is a slight risk of infection at the injection site. To minimise that risk, the procedure is carried out under strict sterile conditions. Regenerative treatment is also a safer procedure as opposed to hip or knee replacement because there is no requirement for general anaesthesia – “putting the patient to sleep”. Also, because we are using your own cells from your own body, there is no risk of rejection and transmission of any communicable infectious diseases.

As with any medical procedure, the final outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another and cannot be guaranteed. Regenerative therapy is an ortho biological treatment where your body does the healing. Therefore treatment outcome depends on various factors like the type and severity of the condition, age, lifestyle, general health, comorbidities and other factors.

The most common reasons for the injections not to be as effective are smoking, drinking alcohol, excess weight, not participating in exercise or physiotherapy, not addressing gait issue and a negative attitude to start with or lack of motivation. Please note that results, hence, cannot be guaranteed, and in a small percentage of patients, cellular injections will not be effective.

No, you do not need a GP referral or a GP referral letter. We have a team of orthopaedic consultants and surgeons, pain management experts, general practitioners (GP’s), chartered physiotherapists. All our doctors are trained and registered with IMC in Ireland and GMC registered in the UK. You can call the nearest clinic to book an appointment or submit a callback request or schedule a video appointment through our website.

Unfortunately because this is a new field no one can answer this question.

 

Call us to schedule a phone review of your images with one of our doctors or schedule an appointment with one of clinics around the country.

The best way to get started is to call our  clinic between 9am to 5pm. You can also start the process by completing the Application Form.

This will help us evaluate your condition and book you for review with one of our doctors.

Many mechanisms have been put forth by researchers, including long-term blocking of cells that destroy the joint, rescue of cells that fix the joint, and replacing lost native cells that maintain the joint.

 

This is on a case-by-case basis and although we have before, it would be at the advice of the doctor to treat more than one area. One of the many things that set Medica Stem Cells procedures apart from all other regenerative therapies being offered is the choice of treatment protocol most suitable to the patient; to ensure the best possible outcome the doctor takes many factors into consideration, age,existing condition and any other relevant factors.

 

No, you do not need a GP referral or a GP referral letter. We have our own GP’s and Doctors who are also specialist consultants.

You can call any of our clinics, which is nearest to you or email us to book an appointment, please find our contact details here . You can also book an appointment date online through our website booking calendar on our home page.

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