Patients Guide to Stem Cell Therapy
Reimbursement & Insurance Information
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
While stem cells have been used for decades to treat a variety of diseases, their application in orthopaedic procedures is relatively new. Because of this, insurance companies may deny coverage. If your insurance will not cover the treatment, we are happy to offer alternative payment options.
What is the cost of this treatment?
The cost of a stem cell treatment varies based on the procedure.
Who do I contact to set up a payment plan?
Our office is happy to assist in setting up a payment plan. Please contact us at (212) 348-3636
Dr. Craig Capeci
Dr. Craig Capeci is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is a Board-Certified specialist in the orthopaedic care of sports related injuries as well as arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
Regenerative medicine is a field of therapy that harnesses the regenerative properties of certain cells in your own body to help heal diseased or damaged tissues and organs. It uses the body’s tissue components to replace lost tissue, accelerate healing and recovery, and provide pain relief.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are progenitor cells in your body that have the potential to multiply and differentiate into specific cell types in order to replenish old and diseased cells. They are present in the body as part of the repair mechanism. Scientists have now found means of extracting, growing and manipulating them in a lab so that they multiply and differentiate into desired cell types. These are used in stem cell therapy or regenerative medicine to replace, repair and heal injured, dysfunctional or diseased tissues such as blood, muscle or nerves.
Stem cells are also present in hair follicles and may be stimulated to revive shrunken hair follicles. A good source of stem cells is fat from your own body, which is collected by liposuction. Stem cells are then extracted from the fat and either injected directly into the concerned areas or administered intravenously to regenerate hair follicles and improve the density of hair.