Stem Cell Treatment FAQ

What benefits can I expect from the treatment?

The goal of the treatment is to improve the quality of life mainly in physique, gross and fine motor movement, spasm and pain relief. Most patients experience benefits during hospitalization right after the first or second injection which is going to improve until about 6 months when the final results set in. In case of CP, SCI, BI and Stroke the results are permanent. However a certain number of patients do not show any improvement. Refer to data linked from each condition.

How are the results measured?

Results are measured by EEG and EMG, CSF and Urodynamics tests. We use international classification systems to scale treatment results. For SCI we use ASIA 2000. For CP we use GMFCS (Gross Motor Function Classification System) and GMFM (Gross Motor Function Measure).

Can my condition worsen after treatment?

After injection via stereotactic surgery or CT-guided injection, your condition may slightly deteriorate temporarily due to the minimal trauma caused by the surgery. After stereotaxy you may have a headache or low-grade fever, but this will cease within three days. After CT-guided injection most patients experience radiant, running pain in the extremities, that also stops within 3 days. A very small percent of patients showed deterioration. For the exact numbers refer to data linked from each condition. We have never had a single case of death resulting from stem cell therapy.

Are products other than stem cells injected into the intrathecal space?

Apart from stem cells and physiological saline no other products are injected.

Are your cells differentiated into specialized cells?

No. Our cells are only expanded but not differentiated.

Do you have approval to practice stem cell treatment?

Yes. We have an approval issued by the Military Health Ministry.

Are you prepared for any unexpected medical situation? Who will take care of me in such cases?

We are a general hospital. Our relevant departments and Emergency Care Unit are well prepared for any unexpected medical situation.

After discharge what will I need to do?

After discharge you need to continue your rehabilitation program on a regular basis. You will be contacted by us and conduct a telephone follow-up interview.

Do you take patients on ventilators ?

We generally do not allow patients on ventilators but may do so in extraordinary circumstances.

What are my rights as a patient?

You have the right to be informed about the purpose and validity of any medications, the right to be explained the risks and seek answers to your questions about your treatment plan. You also have the right to withdraw from the treatment program at any time.

How about transmissible diseases?

The most common and most significant transmissible diseases that may occur during transfusion, such as hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, and TB, are carefully tested for in advance in the donor samples. The odds of transmissibility are minimal. The hospital has not experienced a single such case of disease transmission.

How about tumor genesis?

We do not advocate treatment of patients suffering from tumors, especially malignant tumors. There is still some concern regarding stem cell transplantation causing tumors. We firmly believe that adult stem cell transplantation does not result in tumors; however, embryonic stem cell transplantation may result in tumors. In order to ensure that adult stem cell transplantation does not cause tumors, we do not treat patients with tumors.