STEM CELL THERAPY


Q: Are umbilical cord blood (UCB) product treatments safe?


A: Absolutely. The UCB products we use to (1) Rejuvenate the spine and joints; and (2) Rejuvenate the entire body via Systemic Cellular Infusion Therapy are composed of the growth factors, signaling proteins, extracellular matrices, cytokines, and other cellular components the body uses to naturally heal damaged or injured tissue. Treatment of many thousands of patients has proven that it is safe—there is no evidence that UCB products cause cancer, transmit genetic disease, or result in tissue rejection issues. 



Q: Is more than one treatment needed?


A: Possibly. Dr. Kopcio will assess your case carefully to determine the best treatment plan. Some patients need only one treatment, while others may need two or more to achieve the best outcome.



Q: What helps determine the outcome of umbilical cord blood product therapy?


A: Various factors determine the outcome, including extent of tissue damage, disease, your overall health, and the area being treated. In addition to the treatment, you will receive other ways to help heal the injured area: exercies, stretches, diet, supplements, etc.



Q: Is there anything else patients do to increase the effectiveness of umbilical cord blood product therapy?


A: Yes.

  1. Follow Post-Procedure Instructions
    You are not to use any NSAIDs (aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) before or after the procedure because they may inhibit the inflammatory response needed for maximal healing. Follow your take-home instructions that clearly explain your post-procedure “do's” and “dont's”.
  2. Continue Therapy/s
    You should continue the physical or other adjunctive therapies recommended by Dr. Kopcio or your other medical providers.
  3. Minimize Alcohol Use
    
You should minimize your intake of alcohol because alcohol consumption (1) Delays the body's ability to release stem cells; and (2) Impairs the healing process.


Q: How much downtime should patients expect after umbilical cord blood therapy?


A: You should take it easy for a couple of days (3-5) after your treatment. That being said, most patients experience little to no downtime from UCB therapy. 



Q: How long does the healing/repair process take?


A: Generally, the repair process takes three to six months to achieve maximal benefit, but many patients experience improvement within the first two weeks.



Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance? 


A: Because very few health insurers cover tissue rejuvenation treatments, health insurance is not accepted as a form of payment. Notable exceptions include the fact that most Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) and Medical Savings Accounts (MSA’s) will pay for this type of therapy. Phoenix Natural Doctor also utilizes Care Credit for low monthly no interest payments.



Q: What are umbilical cord blood product therapy success rates?


A: As with any other procedure, there is no 100% guarantee. However, most patients are very pleased with their outcomes, and some require multiple treatments to achieve maximal benefit.


Q: If the therapy doesn't work, can I still undergo surgery?


A: Yes. Receiving UCB product therapy does not preclude you from having traditional surgery, and may result in a better outcome if you do end up requiring surgery. Also, if Dr. Kopcio believes surgery is a better course of action than UCB product therapy, he will advise against cellular therapy.



Q: How does the tissue rejuvenation process work—and how do the cells know where to go and what to do?


A: When tissue is damaged, it causes chemical messengers called cytokines to be released. Cytokines send signals that activate and attract body cells to come to the problem area and work together to heal this damaged tissue. These chemical messages are so strong that stories abound of patients receiving tissue rejuvenation treatment in one area of the body that results in dramatic improvement (or even complete healing) in another!



Q: What is the difference between umbilical cord blood therapy and other treatments such as steroid injections, joint replacements, joint resurfacing, and others?


A: The largest difference is that, while most treatments like pills and steroid injections can temporarily improve a condition and reduce pain, tissue rejuvenation therapy has the potential to “cure” the problem because of the cells’ ability to create completely new tissue. Why mask the problem when there is a safe and proven treatment that might cure it? Another difference is that UCB therapy takes less than 30 minutes; is performed in the comfort and convenience of our office; and is not associated with significant post-procedural pain.



Q: When is the best time for tissue rejuvenation therapy?


A: As with most medical problems, the earlier it is addressed, the better. If your painful joint or spine issue has not significantly improved after 4-6 months, it’s time to consider tissue rejuvenation therapy. Bad news does not improve with time, and treatment delay can result in:
Missing out on the possibility of having the joint or other concern restored to healthy function
Invasive and painful surgery or joint replacement.



Q: Can I use my HSA or MSA account to pay for tissue rejuvenation therapy?

A: Most HSA and MSA accounts accept tissue rejuvenation therapy as long as it is prescribed by a physician. You should confirm your HSA’s policy with your HSA account administrator.

Q: What conditions can be treated with cellular therapy?


CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED WITH UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD THERAPY

Hand
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • neuroma/other nerve pain
Wrist
  • tendinitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
Hand
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • neuroma/other nerve pain
Foot/Toes
  • tendinitis
  • heel spur (plantar fasciitis)
  • neuroma/other nerve pain
  • pain/inflammation of ball of foot (metatarsalgia)
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • diabetic foot ulcers
Ankle
  • achilles tendinitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries


Elbow
  • tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease (ex: injured joint from gout, old fracture)
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
Knee
  • patellar tendinitis
  • knee pain from unresolved ligament injury
  • bursitis
  • shin splints (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries



Shoulder
  • bursitis
  • bicipital tendinitis
  • acromio-clavicular joint injury
  • rotator cuff injury
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
Hip
  • tendinitis
  • knee pain from unresolved ligament injury
  • trochanteric bursitis
  • shin splints (Osgood-Schlatter disease)
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pain from other systemic disease
  • old fractures/breaks/injuries
  • bedsores/pressure ulcers


Muscular Pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic myofascial pain syndromes
  • pinched nerves
  • whiplash (cervical myofascial syndrome)
  • old muscular/soft tissue injuries (chronic wound pain, burn pain, etc.)
Skin
  • Ulcers and non-healing wounds caused by:
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Pressure sores
  • Injury and other causes