Top 5 Questions to Ask About Regenerative Medicine

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Regenerative Medicine is a growing field in medicine where we expedite the body's natural ability to heal itself through the use of stem cell, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and amnio products. Although Regenerative Medicine is a hopeful field, you need to be cautious when speaking with providers to make sure they are using research and experience versus selling you stem cell. We have compiled the top 5 questions that you should be asking your provider before committing.

  1. Can you provide me with research on how regenerative medicine has benefited my injury or illness?
    • If your provider cannot provide you with research supporting improvement in the disease or injury you are suffering from, should be concerning. Medical Providers who have done research and have experience in the field can readily provide this information.
  2. Will this cure my injury or illness?
    • If anyone ever answers "yes" to this question they are misleading you and you should leave right away. Although Regenerative Medicine has shown to help many ailments, it may not be beneficial for everyone. A care plan should be provided that may include regenerative medicine, which is the best method of delivery, and additional therapies to improve overall health. If someone is promising a treatment or a cure, you should be worried!
  3. Can I take time to think about this?
    • There have been a lot of stem cell clinics that have opened up recently. If you are given "today only" sales or high pressure sales tactics then you should look elsewhere. No reputable medical professional will pressure you into a procedure or purchase. At Revive, we will provide you with research and allow you as much time as you need to discuss with friends, family, and your general practitioner.
  4. What medical license do you have?
    • When speaking with someone regarding Regenerative Medicine, they should be a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant. Only these individuals have the knowledge and experience to prescribe regenerative medicine. Many other providers (e.g. chiropractor, physical therapist) can and may suggest that you seek out Regenerative Medicine, but you should always speak with a licensed medical provider about whether you are a candidate and the benefits you may receive from such therapy.
  5. What regenerative products do you use?
    • Stem cell and amnio products are human tissues and come from a tissue bank. It is weird to think of stem cell and amnio as a product, but they are provided to clinics by vendors. Any reputable vendor will have information on the viability of the product, clinical trial information, and FDA compliance from both the vendor and tissue bank. Your provider should share this information with you so that you have the ability to do your own research. If your provider will not share this information with you, then this should be a red flag on what the actual product is and where is comes from. 

 

Regenerative medicine can be expensive and you should be asking the right questions so that you are not being taken advantage of.  Make sure you are talking to a licensed medical professional about quality products that have been thoroughly researched to help with your injury and illness. There is a difference between selling and prescribing!

 

 

Kevin Wolf