Has anyone used PRP or Stem Cell Therapy to fix cervical discs

Posted by jenapower @jenapower, Aug 25, 2017

I’ve explained on another thread that I have one Drs opinion that I should have my C4-7 fused because of degenerated discs. He then said he could do bi-level C4-5 & C5-6 disc replacement and only fuse C6-7. I’m waiting on my second opinion Dr to give me his thoughts. I’ve wanted to know if the PRP or Stem Cell Therapy could help with my issues and if anyone had this for cervical problems or knew anyone who had done this. It seems like they are using it for knees and hips, don’t know about other parts. The one Dr that wants to do the surgery says it’s not evolved enough for discs yet, years away. I’m going to ask my second opinion doc, but I’d love to hear if anyone’s done it and their outcome first.
Thanks, Jennifer

@jenapower

Thank you, that is great real life experience. Exactly what I wanted to know. Super surprised if yours was $1000 and they’re quoting me $10,000. Boy they’ll get what they can take, won’t they!

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It really depends on how many areas theu insert. I just attended a seminar a week ago and am considering it for my lumbar area. Looking at surgery &fusion of L4L5 which I don’t want to do. They said $5,000 per area, but not necessarily double for 2 areas, maybe less. The group is OC Wellness Physicians. They also said, NO insurance will cover it and if insurance does decide to at some point, prices will rise exponentially. They are located in Westminster, California and all my research says they’re excellent. I have an appointment for evaluation tomorrow! I’ll let you know what I find out. I’ll ask about cervical also as I have a C7 compression fracture that bothers me all the time.
Cheers, Gail B.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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OC (Orange County) Wellness Physicians said they use placenta and umbilical stem cells for their procedures. Those cells are assured to be clean and healthy. They do NOT use embryonic stem cells as they are dangerous and are illegal to use. They do not extract your own stem cells for use. Using your own stem cells doesn’t work well because your cells are old, which is why we age. They use fresh stem cells that aren’t “worn out”. At least that’s my understanding. I hope this is helpful. Gail B

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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That information is contrary to what I have heard from doctors. I would not want to use someone else stemcells. I would advise you to contact regenexx and ask them. Go to their website and contact them. They have posted information on this subject.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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Thank you Gail,
I’ve looked into a couple places in Los Angeles but they’re crazy expensive. The OC place you’re talking about is close to me.

My understanding is with cord blood you do not have a cross reaction with your blood because there’s no antibodies yet in it. But I have heard that if you use embryonic stem cells which are different, there’s a chance of tumors developing. I don’t really know that much about it, only what I’ve read. I don’t know if that extends to cord blood or not. I was also told that my stem cells would not be very successful because of my age, so this would be a great solution if it had no side effects. I also like their prices way better than what I saw in Los Angeles.

Thank you very much, I can call them the first of the week. You said you have a C7 fracture. I have degenerative disc’s, bone spurs, along with problems with the facets and C4-5, C5-6, C6-7, with C5-6 being the worst.
Jennifer

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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Do u mind telling your @ age? I know people 80 and 90 who get a lot of cells for Parkinson’s and after stroke. They Improve w it every couple years. But, theirs is $$$$.

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It’s not a drug so don’t know why FDA has any opinion. Drs. that would be regulated r trying to stop FDA. Read L A Times, 9/3.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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A young 76. When you work on your back they inject treated blood to stimulate your stem cells.

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@mari

It’s not a drug so don’t know why FDA has any opinion. Drs. that would be regulated r trying to stop FDA. Read L A Times, 9/3.

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There are bad actors doing stem cells. Poor training etc

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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I’m 63, but one of my pain management doctors told me I was too old to use my own stem cells. I really don’t know if he knows what he’s talking about though.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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Winning, when you say ‘treated blood’, are you talking about PRP or some other method I’ve not heard of?

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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Regenexx talks about outfits trying to sell stem cells and when checked, they find the cells are dead.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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When my blood is drawn, I am told stuff is added to it and it is treated. Really above my pay grade. All I know is it works especially on the back.

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@jenapower

Thank you for sharing your experience Lynette. Can you or someone else explain what Regenex is exactly? Is it a type of product used in place of stem cells, I thought they harvested our own stem cells from our bone marrow. I know how they get the PRP, but I don’t understand what exactly Regenex is.

I certainly like the Mayo’s pricing better than this place I’ve been talking to in California. I wonder if the cost of a knee would be drastically different from the cervical spine?
Thank you again, Jennifer

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Gail,
I just got back from seeing my ongoing pain management doctor that had done a cervical epidural a few weeks ago. It’s called Orange County Pain Management, they are in Hoag hospital’s Neurosciences building. These docs are the top docs in Orange County.

The epidural I had worked for a few weeks and then started to wear off. I have a lot of side effects of Cortisone, which I don’t want to continue. I then asked them about the stem cell therapy for my cervical area. They told me the same thing you were told, they use donated cord blood/placental blood from c-section deliveries. They are non-differentiated cells, not dangerous, not embryonic, and you don’t have to go through the bone marrow procedure. Also use PRP. I asked them if I could use the stem cell for the cervical area that I am dealing with, and they said yes they been doing it with success, although she couldn’t give me a percentage of the chance it would repair things. So it looks like I’m going to try this in a couple of weeks. This is a doctors group I totally trust and the best part, the treatment is $2800 +500 co-pay for the surgery center. I figure if I’m looking towards surgery as the last alternative, I might as well try this first. If you’re in Orange County Ca, this may be a good place to also get an opinion from. Can’t say the doctor is Mr. personable, but extremely competent, very quiet. Love his staff, his PA and nurse practitioner. I will post the results once I know them. They did say it takes a few weeks before you start to feel the effects, it’s not usually instant.

Everybody say some prayers it works for me. Jennifer

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@jenapower

Thank you, that is great real life experience. Exactly what I wanted to know. Super surprised if yours was $1000 and they’re quoting me $10,000. Boy they’ll get what they can take, won’t they!

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I did find out more about stem cell therapy from the Mayo Regenerative group. They are still researching the stem cell therapy and are very open in talking about it. They use your own stem cells when they work on you. It costs approximately $8,000 for spinal stem cells. They do an extensive evaluation to see if you are a candidate that this will work for. Then you have a 90% chance of success. Success may mean only that your pain is relieved, which is huge. But your disks may not be repaired.

The other stem cell therapy I researched involved umbilical cord or placental stem cells for repair. Because the stem cells are from babies, they are still very active. The procedure for spine stem cells involves a neurosurgeon who does the injection, and it costs about $11,000. I was somewhat skeptical of the group here that talked about it with me. Also, no insurance covers stem cell therapy since it’s still in the experimental stage and there are no guarantees that it will work. I decided that I am quite happy with my ART therapy, which is working remarkably well. I hope this is helpful. If you want more information, I recommend that you call the Mayo Regenerative group.
Thanks, Gail B Ledesma

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We just went to a seminar and were told they would use amniotic stem cells gained from placenta from a c-section procedure. We were told there were live stem cells, no DNA involved, also that they can be administered intravenously if you have fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. It sounds like everyone on this post has had their own stem cells injected back into them. If anyone has the amniotic stem cells injected we would love to know the outcome, price and where you had it done. We were told the stem cells were FDA approved, interesting, we have so much research to do. $6000 per joint.

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