What Happens During a Stem Cell Procedure?

No two patients are the same, meaning that their treatment will likely take a different course at an overseas stem cell clinic. A typical stem cell procedure for Lyme disease at Nu Tech Mediworld in India however will involve injections of around fifty million cultured embryonic stem cells into the space around the spinal cord, the spinal muscles, or into the neck. There is a risk with every such procedure of nicking the spinal nerves, causing spinal cord damage, or even puncturing a major blood vessel. Symptoms may worsen due to spinal fluid infection or permanent neurological injury.

An All-Round Treatment for Lyme Disease

The doctors at Nu Tech, Dr. Verma and Dr Shroff are talked of favorably by their patients and appear to invest considerable time and energy into devising thorough treatment protocols for Lyme disease sufferers, including more than just stem cell therapy. It may be that much of the improvement seen in those patients with positive outcomes in India is actually due to the intense physical therapy and counselling regimes, as well as the social interaction and camaraderie between patients at the clinic. Without using similar stem cell treatments in a controlled clinical trial it is impossible to tell the cause of any such improvements.

Deep Spinal Muscle Stem Cell Treatment

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Spinal muscle injections can be very uncomfortable - and epidural injections risk spinal cord injury.

One of the treatments offered at overseas clinics is an injection of stem cells into the deep spinal muscles. The patient, often without sedation, will have a local anaesthetic injected near the thoracic spine to numb the region before a larger needle is used to inject a sample of embryonic stem cells into the spinal muscle on one side. Another injection on the other side of spine will also be given and patients report a feeling of intense pressure in the area, and sometimes down the back and into the pelvis and legs during the injection. The sensation is often more uncomfortable than painful and patients are then advised to lay flat on their back for an hour or two before becoming mobile again.

Receiving Stem Cells

Other ways of receiving stem cells for Lyme disease include subcutaneous injections (under the skin), often in the hip, intramuscular injections, and even intravenous stem cell infusion. Patients may be given a weekly IV infusion of stem cells and two daily subcutaneous injections during their time at Nu Tech Mediworld. The DSM procedure described above is one of the more invasive types of stem cell treatment offered at the clinic and these are only carried out by Dr Verma. Spinal cord injections are inherently risky as they could tear the dura covering the spinal cord and lead to infection. Frequent procedures of this kind clearly increase the risk of fatal infection and spinal fluid leakage even further. It is also unclear who gives the injections and sets up and monitors IV lines at such overseas clinics, and whether staff are qualified doctors or nurses able to adequately cope with a medical emergency during stem cell treatment for Lyme disease.