Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions below. 

HOW FAST WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Since each condition and patient is unique, there is no guarantee of how quickly the results will be achieved. According to patient feedback, most patients report results within a few days; however, to achieve the complete effect it may take as long as six to nine months.
ARE THERE ANY KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS?
At our facility we use a syringe to apply the Wharton's Jelly to the damaged tissue. Any time a syringe is used there is the risk of infection, but our team takes great caution to minimize this risk. To date none of our patients have had any significant side effects.
HOW IS TISSUE THAWED?
At the clinical level many methods of thawing have been tested. The easiest, most effective method is placing the vial in the palm of your hand (the clinician or the patient’s) for roughly 3 to 4 minutes. It is vitally important that this only be done once the patient is ready to be prepped for the procedure to ensure the best possible outcomes.
WHAT IS THE BEST METHODOLOGY FOR USING THE WHARTON'S JELLY TISSUED PRODUCT?
We apply the tissue directly to the site of damaged tissue using a syringe. At our clinic we also pride ourselves on the attention to detail and specificity. We demonstrate this by using diagnostic ultrasound so that we are able to apply the tissue product to the area of need. This is helpful in improving outcomes.
WHAT IS WHARTON'S JELLY?
Wharton's Jelly is a gelatinous substance within the umbilical cord. The key role of Wharton’s jelly is to provide cushion, protection, and structural support to umbilical vessels by preventing their compression, torsion, and bending. *

This means that when applied to damaged connective tissue within a joint it provides an ideal environment to reduce stress on your joint, ultimately allowing the body time to repair itself. Providing a buffer or cushion to a damaged joint is not a new idea. Orthopedic and pain clinics often use hyaluronic acid to accomplish the same goal. A Wharton's jelly tissue product is intended for homologous use. What it did in the donor tissue (cushion and support) is what it is intended to do when applied to a patient's tissue. Components found in Wharton's Jelly include mesenchymal stem cells, proteins, cytokines, and growth factors that complement its primary function.

*(citation: Taghizadeh RR, Cetrulo KJ, Cetrulo CL. Wharton’s jelly stem cells: future clinical applications.Placenta. 2011;4:S311–S315. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2011.06.010)
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE?
Our office will schedule you for an evaluation, consultation, medical records review and radiologic studies review to determine if you are a candidate. We will also determine the likelihood of success for your case. 
WILL MY INSURANCE HELP?
Currently there are no major insurance providers that provide coverage for the application of any tissue products
WILL I NEED PHYSICAL REHABILITATION?
In some cases physical rehabilitation is recommended by our providers if we feel that it is likely to improve a patient's chances of a positive outcome.
DO YOU EVER USE AN ABORTED FETUS?
NO. We only use the umbilical cord from a live, healthy birthed baby.
IS TISSUE REJECTION A RISK?
The components that make up the Wharton's Jelly are all immune privileged, which means they do not trigger the immune system's response to foreign tissues.
CAN YOU SPLIT THE CONTENTS OF THE VIAL ON DIFFERENT PATIENTS?

No. You may NOT split the contents of the vial and use on 2 different patients. For regulatory and tracking purposes, the vials are SINGLE USE and can only be used on a SINGLE PATIENT.
DO I HAVE TO WAIT LONG AFTER MY CONSULTATION?
Since New Mexico Stem Cell Clinic keeps inventory cryopreserved on site, the doctors could administer the wharton's jelly tissue product the same day as your consultation if you wish or you can schedule a time that is most convenient for you in the future.
CAN I USE A LOCAL ANESTHETIC?
Local anesthetics may be used however we do NOT want to infuse large amounts of any local anesthetic into the joint or area. Most people have little to no issue without an anesthetic.