Phone consultation with California Stem Cell Treatment Center

I had my phone consultation on 5/1/14. The secretary called, connected me to a doctor. I’m not even sure what his actual specialty was. He talked to me for a few minutes about what my condition entailed. I then asked him if he worked with discs before. He said yes. I asked him what percentage of people were helped by the procedure. He said he didn’t know the stats right off the top of his head.

 

Right there. That’s a red flag. All of my doctors, and all of the doctors I’ve ever known over the years can tell me what their “numbers” are. Secondly, this is even more impressive that this person doesn’t know the numbers as he is essentially making a sales call. Third, this “Treatment Center” only opened in 2010. I feel like he should have some current numbers.

 

They wanted to let me know that I would either have to bring my MRI, or they would do some specialized MRI there – an MRI I have never heard of, which isn’t saying much, as my specialty was never radiology, but having had worked in spinal surgery, and having had two on my lumbar area and one on my thoracic spine, I’d probably have heard of it.

 

I asked who would do the procedure, they said an interventional radiologist. Hmm. Okay. They said they would pull my cells by doing abdominal liposuction. They then said they would give my cells to I.R., which is fine — but here is the part I’m totally not cool with. He said they would inject the remaining stem cells into my i.v. and that the cells would go to where they needed to from there.

 

Huh?

 

Sketchville if you ask me.

 

He asked if I had anymore questions, I said no. I was transferred back to the receptionist and she immediately asked for $250 to process my fee to have their team look at my MRI.

 

I said I’d have to think about it.

 

I’m not so sure about this place.

 

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Does anyone have any information on California Stem Cell Treatment Center?

I have been looking up clinical research trials for stem cells and places that might do a study. I know that UC Davis does some and that other places in Colorado and Texas have been running their own trials.

 

Here is a video I’m currently watching about UC Davis and their program for stem cell in relation to chronic pain.

 

 

While doing my search, I found a place in California that will do non-FDA approved stem cell procedures. This makes me wonder how safe this is. The place is called California Stem Cell Treatment Center.

 

What do you guys think of non-FDA approved treatments? Quite frankly, I really don’t care. What I’m more worried about is their surgical technique. I don’t want some willy-nilly doctor sticking a needle in my spine if he doesn’t know what he is doing.

 

Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com