Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Regenerative Therapy at TRSCI

How much do stem cell therapies cost and does insurance cover them?

The cost of regenerative therapy varies between patients based on condition and severity of the ailment. It is uncommon for regenerative therapies to be covered by insurance.

Where has regenerative medicine been shown to be helpful?

Regenerative therapy has frequently been shown to be helpful for conditions of the musculoskeletal system; joint, spine, arthritic, work or sports related injuries, tendon pain, ligament pain, and other degenerative painful conditions. Schedule a consultation to see if regenerative therapy is an option for you.

How does the process work?

After your initial consultation, your doctor will recommend either Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate (BMAC)
Stem Cell Therapy or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. Please click one of the links below to learn

FAQs About Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate (BMAC) Stem Cell Therapy

Procedure Time

Treatment is in an outpatient setting. The actual extraction can take up to 10 minutes, but the entire process may take up to one hour.

The Healing Process

Bone marrow stem cells are the regenerative cells responsible for repairing and rebuilding of damaged tissue. The concentrated cells appear to accelerate the healing process, promote strength, offer pain relief, and improve overall function. The healing cascade can be active and take place over 4 to 6 weeks. A follow-up Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure may be recommended if desired relief is not met.

Are there any risks?

Bone marrow extractions are safe procedures when conducted by a trained professional in a sterile environment. Complications are rare but include:

  • Bleeding, particularly in patients with a low platelet count or clotting disorder.
  • Infection, in patients with weakened immune systems. Antibiotics may be given post extraction to prevent infection. (% of docs using antibiotics, what do they use, if allergy to penicillin what is a substitute.

How Long is the Recovery time?

Most patients are able to return to usual activities within 1 to 2 days, but some pain may be felt for up to one week.

What to Expect

The area of extraction is numbed with local anesthetic, so pain is minimal. Bone marrow is extracted from the back of the patient’s pelvis from an area called the posterior iliac crest. A suctioned syringe attached to a needle is used to reach the posterior aspect of the iliac crest, during which minimal discomfort may be felt. The collected sample is gathered from multiple regions within the iliac crest. This aspirate technique delivers a high concentration of cellular structures called CFU-F’s which hold a rich reservoir of therapeutic cells to reintroduce to the injured area. Patients also have the option of receiving twilight sedation to help them through the procedure.

FAQs About Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

How long should you rest after a PRP injection?

After a PRP injection, we suggest that you spend the rest of the day resting. Use the area as tolerated
since restricting movement for an extended time can cause stiffening.

How long does it take for PRP injections to start working?

Every person responds differently to PRP treatment, but in general, patients should see results within 2- 6 weeks after their PRP injection. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may take multiple therapy sessions to achieve the desired result. Our physicians will consult with you and provide a recommendation during your consultation.

Is PRP treatment in Chicago covered by insurance?

The cost of regenerative therapy varies between patients based on the condition and severity of the ailment. It is uncommon for regenerative therapies to be covered by insurance.