After admission, the stem cell research protocol begins with the patient meeting with the attending physician for a complete evaluation. When necessary, consultation with an appropriate medical specialist will follow. All relevant laboratory and radiological examinations will be undertaken as per clinical protocol. Upon review of each patient’s individual medical evaluation, this detailed information will be used as a guide for choosing which type of adult stem cells to use for therapy. Stem cells may be introduced by any number of the following routes: intravenously, intrathecally, intra-arterially or intralesionally. Route choice is dependent upon condition or disease being treated. Stem cells, once introduced, proceed to site of injury via cellular communication.
Prior to receiving stem cell therapy, blood tests and radiological examinations germane to each patient’s specific condition are performed. As an integral component of each patient’s individual medical evaluation, this detailed information is critical for better understanding of the condition or disease. The number of therapy sessions and the length of stay may vary per patient.
While patients seeking deceleration of senescence (anti-aging) as a treatment goal will most often spend only 2-3 hours in the hospital, patients undergoing research protocols for the treatment of severe injuries or disease (for example spinal cord injury or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) may require several days of hospitalization. The interval between sessions may also vary from several days to longer, depending upon the condition (illness, injury, other) and response to the protocol. Notably, all treatment issues are discussed at length with the attending physician, giving each and every patient ample time to address ones personal and medical needs and goals.