Are You Being Treated With Real Stem Cells?

Are You Being Treated With Real Stem Cells?

Clinics across Australia offering stem cell therapies have been increasingly in the spotlight. One of the issues identified is that some clinics may be providing crude therapies that include very few stem cells in their treatments. 

Melbourne Stem Cell Centre works hard to make sure that we remain the clear leader in the stem cell therapies. We do that by engaging in ethics committee approved stem cell trials, which have helped us to develop regenerative therapies.

Further

  • Our clinicians only treat within their area of specialisation – musculoskeletal medicine
  • Our clinicians are all suitably accredited to perform stem cell harvest procedures
  • We use isolated stem cell populations as this has been what has had success in recent scientific literature.  This is unlike other groups that use a "crude" mixed cell therapy which may only include 1% to 7% stem cells.
  • We verify in the laboratory that the cells used are true stem cells prior to injection
  • We determine the cell number and cell viability (i.e. make sure they are alive) prior to injection
  • Cells are tested for sterility prior to injection
  • All patients are strictly followed up to assess their outcome and to add to the growing scientific knowledge regarding stem cell therapies.

Warning Signs

  • If your clinic offers same-day cell extraction and reinjection, you may not be getting stem cells
  • If your clinic does not undertake ethics committee approved stem cell clinical trials, you may not be getting stem cells
  • If your clinic does not test the material they are injecting, you may not be getting stem cells

MSCC has found that it takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to extract, purify and then expand stem cells to ensure that the patient is being treated with pure stem cells.
 

Key Questions For You Treating Doctor

  • How long does the procedure take from start to finish?
  • How do you know that the stem cells are pure?
  • How do you know that the stem cells are alive?
  • Can you tell me how you know that there aren't blood, fat and other cells in the material being injected?
  • Do you have your stem cell materials checked by a university laboratory?
  • Are your staff qualified in the field in which they are operating?
  • Does your clinic take part in ethics committee approved stem cell trials?